Derby County have become the latest Football League club to take an interest in Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp, journalist Alan Nixon has reported.
Sharp rejoined Sheffield United for his third spell with the club in the summer of 2015, and has since helped win climb the football pyramid from League One to the Premier League.
Since the Blades’ return to the top-flight this season however, Sharp has found opportunities harder to come by, with the 33-year-old starting just one league game in the current campaign.
That has led to speculation around his future this January transfer window, with Leeds, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest all linked with a move for the striker, amid claims from Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder that Sharp will be allowed to decide whether or not he leaves the club this month.
It appears that has now attracted the attention of Derby as well, with Nixon’s latest update claiming that Rams are making a “serious attempt” to sign Sharp on a season-long loan, as they look to add an increased goal threat to their side.
Derby. Making a serious attempt to take Billy Sharp from Sheffield United. Keen on season long loan to give attack more goals. More games for player too if he fancies it.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 12, 2020
Sharp, who has also won promotions with Scunthorpe and Southampton earlier in his career, has 18 months remaining on his current contract with Sheffield United, securing his future at Bramall Lane until the end of next season.
This could be a really good signing for Derby.
It does seem as though they could do to add goals to their side, and while things haven’t quite gone to plan for him in the Premier League as yet, his record in the Championship as the Blades won promotion last season was prolific.
That would therefore offer Derby a big boost in the final third, and this would also be seen as something of a statement of intent from the Rams if they pull it off, given the other clubs interested in Sharp.