Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins has denied reports that Leeds United striker Billy Sharp is set to return to Bramall Lane, reports the Sheffield Star.
Speculation of a return for the Sheffield-born striker circled when Adkins was named the new manager of the Blades last week.
The 50-year-old had worked with Sharp at Scunthorpe United, Southampton and Reading but reports of a United bid for the 29-year-old are wide of the mark.
“Sharpy is a Leeds United player at this point in time, simple as that.” said Adkins.
“We’ve always known him; we had him at Scunthorpe and sold him to United, then we took him to Southampton with us and brought him in on loan at Reading, too.
“But we’ve got to first get in there when the players come back, assess the personnel we already have at our disposal and then go from there.”
Sharp had started his career at the club he supported as a boy but was sold to Scunthorpe United for £100,000 in 2005 and went on to score 53 goals in 82 appearances.
He returned to Bramall Lane in 2007 for £2 million but scored just eight times in 51 appearances before leaving for Doncaster Rovers in a £1.5m deal in July 2010 after a successful loan spell.
The striker went on to feature for Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Reading before joining Leeds for an undisclosed fee last summer from the Saints.
Sharp made 26 appearances last season, scoring five goals.