Derby County have been knocked back in their approach to sign Billy Sharp from Sheffield United.
Wayne Rooney’s side have managed to score just 16 goals in the Championship this season, with Sheffield Wednesday the only club in the division to strike fewer times at this stage.
A striker is clearly on the agenda this month for the Rams, which had reportedly led them to the door of Sheffield United asking for Sharp.
However, a fresh report from Football Insider has claimed that Sheffield United have knocked back that approach.
Sharp, 34, has scored three goals this season for the Blades, despite finding his game time under Chris Wilder limited.
Two of those goals have come in the Premier League, whilst the other was in the FA Cup last weekend, as Sheffield United beat Plymouth Argyle to progress into the fifth round of the competition.
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Despite limited Premier League game time, Sharp’s recent record in the Championship is almost untouchable.
Between 2017 and 2019, he scored 36 goals for the Blades, including 23 during the 2018/19 season as Sheffield United stormed to automatic promotion.
This is a blow for Derby as they look to strike a late deal for a striker this month.
Sharp hasn’t really been in the picture with Sheffield United, but he remains a reliable goal threat whenever Wilder needs him. With the South Yorkshire side flirting with relegation already, they need Sharp to stay put and offer them an option even from the bench.
That’s going to lead to disappointment for Derby, who might have to lay their focus on other targets ASAP.
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