SHEFFIELD United are preparing to begin their summer recruitment drive after finalising Danny Wilson’s first-team budget.
But Wilson, who last week confirmed he is exploring numerous avenues in the transfer market, must wait until Kevin McDonald, Lee Williamson and Chris Porter indicate whether they will accept new deals at Bramall Lane before applying the finishing touches to his plans for the 2012/13 League One campaign.
Wycombe Wanderers’ Stuart Beavon, Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City, former Leeds defender Ben Parker, Hibernian’s David Wotherspoon and Dundee United’s Gary Kenneth are all known to feature on the United manager’s radar.
However, conceding he expects to lose several high-profile names following last month’s play-off final defeat by Huddersfield Town, Wilson acknowledged it was impossible to draft a definitive list of targets until the out-of-contract trio reach a decision on their futures.
“We’re not standing still,” he said.
“Far from it.
“We can start to move properly when we get the budget.”
United will hold further talks later this week aimed at confirming two friendlies for their tour of Malta next month.
“We have held discussions with the Maltese Football Association and they have informed us that our opposition will be decided as soon as possible,” Dave McCarthy, United’s managing director, said.
“But at the moment they aren’t in a position to do so due to competitive European fixtures taking place before and around the same time.
“We are looking to face the strongest Maltese teams possible to ensure the team gets two good work-outs.”
Valletta, Floriana, Hibernians and Birkirkara are contesting the country’s traditional pre-season curtain-raiser - the Euro Cup - before entering the qualifying rounds of the Champions League and Europa League.
McCarthy added: “We did make enquiries into facing a Serie A team and had discussions with a number of clubs but their schedules did not marry with ours in terms of preparing for next season which is the most important thing.”
Supporters planning to visit Malta are asked to email their contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org so United officials can keep them up to date with a series of planned events.
Meanwhile, United season tickets continue to be available on general sale priced from £369 (adults) and £60 (concessions).
A direct debit scheme is available to help spread the cost of payments.