Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell wants James Beattie's future settled sooner rather than later with Stoke looking to bring the 12-goal striker to the Britannia Stadium.
Beattie trained with the Blades squad on Monday but will remain at home when they travel to London to face Leyton Orient for an FA Cup third-round replay tomorrow.
Blackwell told www.sufc.co.uk: "From everyone's point of view this episode would ideally be resolved as soon as possible."
He added: "Ever since I came here there has been speculation about James Beattie and if he stays I am sure it will happen again because he is the top man, a goalscorer.
"Things have been more than a little unsettling for him over the past few days and his head is a bit mixed up at the moment."
United have plans in place should Beattie depart for the Britannia Stadium.
Blackwell said: "We have one or two irons in the fire and we will move when the time is right. The saying is 'act in haste and repent at leisure' and we are mindful of that.
"Eight or nine years ago Charlton were the accepted model for aspiring teams, but they made mistakes and my, how they are paying the price now.
"(Chairman) Kevin McCabe wants success at Sheffield United but not at the cost of risking everything."
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