SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson concedes he has to move more players out before he can bring new ones in at Bramall Lane.
Darius Henderson became the first of the high earners to leave the club last week with the powerful striker joining Millwall on a two-year deal. The 29-year-old, who started his career at Reading, was reportedly earning around £15,000 a week at United.
More departures are expected with the Blades set to lose around £12 million in revenue streams following relegation to League One.
Plc chairman Kevin McCabe, who has invested more than £70m of his own fortune into the club, has admitted substantial savings have to be made off the pitch.
But Wilson, who replaced Micky Adams at the helm, is under no illusions that he has to reduce the size of the wage bill before he can dip back into the transfer market.
Two players whose futures are shrouded in uncertainty are Ched Evans and teenage ace Jordan Slew. Club record signing Evans has been linked with a summer move to Leicester City while Slew continues to be tracked by Fulham.
Wilson, who has snapped up defender Jean Francois Lescinel and young striker Danny Philliskirk to date, told The Star: “Before we can start bringing players into the football club, we have to balance that up with who is leaving.
“We are not in the position that other clubs are in who are settled in terms of the squad.
“We are not too sure on who will be here but we have to assess things as quick as we can. Hopefully we will have a better idea soon of what we have got to do.”