MILLWALL are cautiously optimistic that David Forde and Lee Martin will agree new contracts in the coming days.
After a month of negotiations, the Lions have now drawn a line in the sand and made the duo take-it-or-leave-it offers.
Manager Ian Holloway has told both players that he will move on to other targets unless they finalise terms before the start of next week.
NewsAtDen understands that Millwall have cleared a significant hurdle in their talks with Forde and are now confident that he will stay.
And Martin's agent will meet with chief executive Andy Ambler at the earliest opportunity with a view to thrashing out a deal.
"It's got to be done by the weekend because if David and Lee aren't going to sign, we've got to move on," Holloway said.
The Lions' hopes of keeping Forde were seemingly fading over a disagreement about the length of contract being discussed.
The 34-year-old, who has been linked with QPR, had been chasing a four-year extension but may now settle for a shorter deal which includes future incentives.
"We've got to the stage now where David has told us what he wants and we've made our final offer," added Holloway, who has lined up Blackpool's Matt Gilks as a replacement.
"It's about the club being in control, that's all. Players need to earn new contracts – they shouldn't be getting paid for doing well in the past because I'm more worried about the future.
"I want us to get towards the top of the Championship and I believe David can do that with us. And like all of us, he can be looking to earn his next deal.
"David knows how I feel about him and hopefully he'll meet us because it needs to be a commitment from both sides.
"We've tried to do as much as we possibly can because of how much I rate him. I hope David appreciates that I'm at my maximum. If someone else offers him a better deal, I can't have done any more."
Holloway has held a final round of talks with Martin in an attempt to keep him at The Den for next season.
And a source close to the winger, 27, confirmed that negotiations were now "moving in the right direction."
"I had a chat with Lee on the phone on Tuesday and I also expect that one to be over by the weekend one way or the other," Holloway said. "I'm hopeful that he'll want to stay.
"There are other things in the pipeline that I haven't really chased yet because I'm only going for my main targets."