It’s surprising that it’s taken this long for a team to be linked to him, but with a few days left of the January transfer window, Billy Sharp is a wanted man.
The evergreen striker has been prolific in England’s second tier in years gone by, and there has been a fresh approach to try and tempt him away from his boyhood club Sheffield United.
Sharp has been out of favour at the Blades this season, with Chris Wilder using him only sparingly, and with his career going into the last few years you’d think that he’d want to maximise his game-time.
But there has been a major twist in the last 24 hours which could see Sharp’s season completely turned around – let’s look at what we know about his potential United departure.
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What do we know so far?
We know that Sharp was the subject of an approach from the Rams, which Football Insider first reported.
Many thought it may be a goer due to his lack of game-time at Bramall Lane this season, but evidently that’s not the case.
A further update has stated though that County’s initial approach has been knocked back by Sheffield United, with the club insisting that they will reject any bid for the 34-year-old this month, according to The Mirror’s David Anderson.
Is it likely to happen?
In a nutshell – no.
Sharp started for the Blades last night in what may have been a show of support from Chris Wilder following Derby’s approach, and considering the result the veteran may be used more often now.
Derby will need to move on to other striker targets and fast if they want to secure a new goalscorer before the end of the window.