SHEFFIELD United must wait to discover whether Kevin McDonald and Lee Williamson report for training when Danny Wilson’s squad begin preparing for the new League One campaign at Shirecliffe next week.
Together with striker Chris Porter, the midfield duo are free agents after their contracts expired following last season’s play-off final against Huddersfield Town.
They are under no obligation to attend when Wilson’s first-team squad reconvenes.
But The Star understands both will be welcomed back into the fold providing Bramall Lane’s hierarchy believes talks are progressing in the right direction.
Speaking earlier month, Wilson admitted he would “take them back at the last second” because “they are good players”.
“If they want to come back then of course I’d have them,” the United manager said.
Negotiations with Porter are believed to have reached an advanced stage.
Barring an unforeseen chain of events, it seems likely he will have agreed fresh terms by the time United travel to Malta later this month.
Wilson’s side depart for the Mediterranean on July 20 - 48 hours after playing their first pre-season friendly, at Ilkeston – before returning to England a week later.
McDonald has indicated he wants his future resolved “soon” and recently admitted: “If they (United) offer me the right deal I’d be delighted to sign.”
Coventry City were last night hopeful of capturing former United target John Fleck.