Sheffield Wednesday coach Lee Bullen is optimistic the four senior players who have been offered new deals will extend their stays with the Championship club.
Goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, defenders Glenn Loovens and Oguchi Onyewu and midfielder Jose Semedo are still mulling over their fresh terms.
Nonetheless, Bullen, who is now in charge of the club’s development squad and also works closely with the first-team, remains hopeful the quartet will prolong their careers with the Owls.
The former Wednesday captain told The Star: “We desperately want the four to stay. They all had a fantastic second half to the season - I’m remaining very positive and we are keeping our fingers crossed.”
Kirkland, Loovens, Onyewu and Semedo have indicated to Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray they want to remain at Hillsborough.
But Bullen said: “They want to stay but it’s a short career and people are wanting to get the best deals that they can.
“Negotiations are ongoing. It’s a game of poker now between the agents and the club and seeing who blinks first.”
The Owls are among the seeded clubs for the first-round Capital One Cup draw, which takes place at 10am today.