SHEFFIELD United will ask Lee Williamson, Kevin McDonald and Chris Porter to make quick decisions about their futures at Bramall Lane in an effort to accelerate the club’s progress in the transfer market.
The trio were all offered new contracts during the aftermath of United’s defeat in the League One play-off final but have yet to publicly confirm whether they intend to accept fresh terms.
Williamson, who counts Burnley, Blackpool and Nottingham Forest among his list of admirers, seems almost certain to depart although United hope he could yet be persuaded to remain in South Yorkshire.
McDonald is another unlikely to be short of potential suitors after delivering a series of accomplished displays en route to last month’s meeting with Huddersfield Town.
But, having missed the Wembley showpiece due to a hamstring injury, the former Scotland under-21 international might elect to commit his immediate future to a team which handed him a route back into the game following his release by Burnley 12 months ago.
News that Porter had entered into negotiations caused confusion in some quarters having apparently penned a two year deal on the eve of the 2011/12 campaign.
However, The Star understands the paperwork he signed contained a clause guaranteeing an extended stay providing certain considerations were met.
Although this option has not been triggered, Wilson clearly wants the striker, whose semi-final goal against Stevenage propelled United to the capital, to stay.
Speaking before being beaten on penalties by Simon Grayson’s side, Wilson admitted that failure to secure a top two finish could have implications for his recruitment plans this summer.
“There’s always a danger you get left behind because you don’t know what position you are going to be in,” he said. “That’s something you just have to accept and get on with.
“But we’ve already drawn up lists of people we’d like to bring in depending on what happens.”
United, who have been linked with former Leeds defender Ben Parker and Hibernian youngster David Wotherspoon, hope to make their first acquisition shortly.
However, with the Football League preparing to adopt UEFA’s Financial Fair Play system, they must wait for Williamson, McDonald and Porter to make their respective positions known before finalising their budgets.