DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has admitted he would like to keep the majority of his squad intact as he plots another assault on promotion from League One.
But Wilson, whose efforts to revamp Bramall Lane’s first team squad have been complicated by new financial regulations set to be rolled out through the competition next term, concedes he can give no guarantees about the future of key names including Stephen Quinn, Matthew Lowton and even Harry Maguire.
“I want Matthew and Harry to stay,” Wilson said.
“But I’m a realist. I don’t know what will happen.”
United’s attempts to manoeuvre themselves into the transfer market are taking place in tandem with talks aimed at convincing Lee Williamson, Kevin McDonald and Chris Porter to sign new contracts.
The trio were among a flurry of players whose previous deals expired following last month’s play-off final defeat by Huddersfield Town.
Wilson, who recently confirmed a “striker, full-back and centre-half” are his top priorities this summer, has identified several targets including Wycombe Wanderers’ Stuart Beavon, Hibernian’s David Wotherspoon and former Leeds defender Ben Parker.
However, he recently told a briefing with the region’s media that “we’re not making approaches until we see who is available to us”.
Jeffrey Schlupp, the Leicester City centre-forward, is also known to feature on Wilson’s radar.
Quinn, who made his United debut in 2005, Lowton and teenager Maguire impressed en route to Wembley.
All three have resolved not to agitate for moves with Maguire explicitly stating earlier this year that he would prefer to continue his “development” at Bramall Lane irrespective of division.
Wilson is expected to find room for more graduates of United’s academy at Shirecliffe in his plans for the 2012/13 campaign.
Elliott Whitehouse, who captained United to the 2011 FA Youth Cup Final, has impressed coaching staff since and could feature when Wilson’s side host Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup on August 11. They return to league action a week later against Shrewsbury Town.