MILLWALL remain in talks with out-of-contract duo Lee Martin and David Forde.
Lions boss Ian Holloway says retaining Martin and Forde for next year is his top priority and that he is "trying to negotiate as far as I can" with the pair.
But Holloway has also cautioned that Millwall will not pay over the odds for any player this summer and that deals will only be signed off if they make financial sense.
"Negotiations are ongoing," Holloway said.
"I really want Lee to stay and I like him. I want to finish up at the other end of the table next season and I believe Lee can take us there.
"He was a big part of our run at the end of last season and we get on really well, so I would like to work with him again.
"But as with anybody, I only want to work with them if the deal is right for the club.
"I know I will lose a lot of people because I won't be able to get the deals right, but I don't expect us to be at the top-end of the league in terms of our budget.
"We did not get value-for-money last year so we need to control our spending and not let it edge upwards and upwards.
"We should be giving a player an incentive to come to play for me because I can teach him to be better at his job.
"We need to convince all of our targets to play for the right amount of money and play out of their skin so that we get better value.
"Last year, we spent too much for the performances we were getting and too much for the attitude we were getting.
"Millwall without the right attitude is useless. I would suggest the attitude the players have got to show is the attitude of the supporters.
"In other words, we're all so passionate about our football club that it hurts and we need to harness that.
"With that on our side, we can be a force to be reckoned with – so it isn't about how much a player is earning at all. Other clubs may do that, but we won't."
Asked for an update on Forde, Holloway added: "I want Fordey to stay for the right reasons but he might have played himself out of my budget and I can't help that.
"If he has, no problem. I would much rather start the season with him in goal than anybody else, but I'm not in control of that situation.
"When I took over, he was letting his contract run out. I have got to get value-for-money for my goalkeepers and saleable assets are really important, particularly for us in the future.
"We are not talking to anybody else in Lee or David's positions, we are just trying to secure those two. I'm trying to negotiate as far as I can before we go anywhere else."