Nigel Clough's bid to bring in fresh faces for next season is already underway, he has revealed.
The Blades chief says offers have been made and talks are continuing as he looks to make early inroads into assembling his squad for the 2014-15 campaign.
"There's a lot of talking to agents and players, if we can get to them," said the Blades chief, who also confirmed that United's retained list is expected this week. "We have our list of targets, our preferred choices, in terms of the players we want to bring in.
"It is difficult because they take time but you don't want to take too much time because you could miss out on other targets. We prefer to set a time limit and we'd like to get them done in the next couple of weeks, if possible. You have to get a feeling if you are going to get the deal done in a month or two, we'll hang on if they are worth it, if not you move on and look elsewhere."
The Blades chief has already been linked with a number of names, whilst Ben Davies, who played 20 times and scored three goals during his loan spell from Derby County in the second half of the season is a confirmed target.
"Ben will be offered something," added Clough. "We know him, he has done well in the three months he has been here, he fills in, gets the odd goal - the three he scored all turned out to be winners. We'd like him around but he may have offers from elsewhere - we'll see what happens."