Sheffield United have put all contract talks on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.
United were in discussions with John Lundstram and John Egan and they want them to follow Enda Stevens and John Fleck in agreeing new long-term deals.
The Blades have shelved those negotiations because now is not the time to be discussing hefty pay rises when some players at other clubs are accepting wage deferrals.
United could add tens of thousands to their weekly wage bill when some Premier League clubs are considering asking their players to take pay cuts or deferrals.
United are relaxed about Lundstram and Egan’s situations, even though the former’s contract is due to expire in June.
Boss Chris Wilder has already said the club will activate an option to extend the midfielder’s deal by another 12 months, buying them more time to negotiate.
Lundstram, 26, has been a revelation for the Blades this season and he has scored four Premier League goals and contributed three assists.
Egan is under contract until June 2022 and United know there is no immediate hurry in tying him down, especially because the defender has said he wants to stay.
Egan, 27, is the rock of Wilder’s three-man defence and the Republic of Ireland international has only missed one league game all season.
United aim to tie Ollie Norwood and Chris Basham down to longer-term deals and will step up talks when the Premier League resumes.