Nottingham Forest have offered new contracts to midfielder Guy Moussi and striker Robert Earnshaw.
The duo's contracts are set to run out at the end of June.
Chief executive Mark Arthur told BBC Radio Nottingham: "With Guy Moussi, maybe we are not too far away and maybe the change of manager will help.
"We are a long way apart with Rob Earnshaw, with what his ambitions are with regards to earnings and what we're prepared to pay."
The Wales international's future has been in doubt since the end of the season.
Earnshaw, 30, who has also played for Cardiff City, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City, has scored 45 goals in 113 appearances since signing for Forest from Derby for £2.65m in May 2008.
Moussi, 26, joined the Championship club in July 2008 and has since made 73 league appearances, scoring three goals.
The Reds have released young striker Nialle Rodney and midfielder Mark Byrne but have told popular defender Julian Bennett his career at the City Ground may not be over.
The 26-year-old's contract is also due to expire at the end of the month but Forest say they will stand by him if he fails to find a new club.
"Last season was quite a truncated time for Julian as he came back from a serious knee injury," added Arthur.
"He wanted to go out on loan after January but, with our lack of cover at left-back, we told him that wasn't possible.
"We have got a gentleman's agreement with him that if he can't find a suitable club then he can come back for one more year at Forest.
"Hopefully we're seen to be looking after our players in a proper fashion."