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Rumour Mill-Blunting Sharp Blades?

Rumour Mill-Blunting Sharp Blades?

Burnley were strongly linked with a move for Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp last week but it would appear now that both Leeds and Doncaster Rovers have entered the race to sign him.

Sharp according to The Star in midweek was set to complete a move to Turf Moor although the paper also stated that the Blades board of directors had denied receiving any offers from Laws.

Sky Sports even went one better announcing that a bid by the Clarets had been accepted.

So is Sharp now at Turf Moor? Er Nope!!

Sharp spent last season on loan at Doncaster Rovers and managed an impressive 15 goals in 35 appearances.

It was perhaps not surprising therefore that Doncaster Rovers had some interest in signing him permanently. It was reported in the Daily Mail that Rovers had a £450,000 bid rejected. Other media sources suggested the bid was nearer to £600,000.

The Daily Mail also suggested that the Clarets had offered the Blades £1 million this week to bring Sharp to Turf Moor.

Media gossip today though suggests Doncaster have come in with an improved offer of £1.4 million.

In addition it would also appear that Yorkshire rivals and Championship new boys, Leeds United have also entered the race with a £1 million bid of their own with some reports suggesting that Sharp had already agreed a move to Elland Road.

Let's be frank here though, if Brian Laws really wants Billy Sharp on his books, we should have the financial muscle after a season in the top flight to blow the likes of Leeds and Donny out of the water so let's do it!

Most Clarets fans after the loss of Steven Fletcher to Wolves this week would be delighted if Sharp became our third signing of the summer but the ball seems to be firmly in Brian Laws court. Let's hope if he really wants him, the Board have given him a cheque book to match. Surely too we can offer Sharp a better financial package than Leeds and Doncaster. If not something is seriously wrong.

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Date:Sunday June 6 2010
Time: 4:06PM


It will say a lot about this club if Laws really wants this player and he finishes up instead at either Leeds or Donny Rovers
06/06/2010 16:14:00
Who's to say we definitely bid for him and/or want him?
06/06/2010 16:27:00
Who is to say we didn't bid for him and/or dont want him? Sky Sports who tend to be pretty reliable compared to the papers seemed to think it was almost a done deal?
06/06/2010 16:37:00
Where would you rather go if you were him ?? - Stay at Blades (and get to live in Hallam with all other blade players - the most afluent suberb in UK ouside London) - Move permanently to Doncaster where fans love you (and STILL get to live in Hallam etc) - Go to Leeds (By FAR biggest club in hunt for his services) or move to Burnley (really cant think of a positive on this one)
06/06/2010 17:13:00
How about the one most likely to get back into the Premier League? How about a £16 million parachute payment sweetener coming our way which will I hope be used to bring the best players to this club on a decent competitive Championship salary? That's what I hope the club means by 'going down stronger' but if Sharp thinks going to Donny or Leeds is a better option then we clearly have some serious thinking to do!
06/06/2010 17:20:00
Do we really need another forward who's good in the championship we already have four of them, if we are looking for another why not go for someone for the Prem if we are planning to get back. I would like Laws to be looking for another winger and midfield players and a right back now Mears has joined the ranks of the rats leaving the sinking ship squad.
06/06/2010 17:38:00
I think Fedup has a point. Billy would score goals at this level, but if we were to get promoted, could he do it 1 level up? I am not sure. As for getting the player if we want him - I think TMP we will have the financial power to beat the 2 clubs mentioned but this may not be the only issue. Sharp appeared to really enjoy his season at Donny and if they can offer him a reasonable deal, he may decide that playing every week ( something I am not sure he would at Turf - would it be similar to his time at SUFC?) and not having to uproot could be a big factor for him. Depends what he is looking to do!
06/06/2010 18:02:00
Having lost Fletcher, I would think Sharp would be a virtual regular in the team and of course he also knows Laws from their time at Scunthorpe. I can't really see in this modern age how travelling between Sheffield/Doncaster to Burnley would be that much of a bind if the financial package spoke volumes but accept there may be issues other than finance involved. Surely Sharp though would accept his best chance of playing in the top flight must surely rest with the Clarets rather than Leeds and certainly Donny Rovers
06/06/2010 18:31:00
I would not be delighted to see Sharp come if it meant wasting money as tmp suggests, by blowing other people out of the water. simonfire you're a funny guy. Well done! I also don't go along with the critcism that we shouldn't be signing proven championship players. There seems to be an expectation we should sign proven premiership players, but where are we going to get these? They are already in the prem. We have to buy players like Sharp or Maynard because that is the best we can get.
06/06/2010 18:33:00
Travelling from Sheffield to Burnley is a pain in the arse Phil, I certainly wouldnt like to do it every day and I have grown up loving the club. Sharp may be happy to do it though. I agree with you that Burnley is probably the best shot at getting to the PL and if that is his motivation, we will probably be his choice. We can probably offer the best wages, but if Sharp isnt motivated by money(greed?), the wages on offer elsewhere will probably be more than satisfactory. After his spell at SUFC, I think playing regular would be high on his priority list and I am not sure he would be a starter TMP. Will we start with 1 or 2 up top? Assume our frontline is Pato, Thommo, Iwelumo & Sharp. I think it is difficult to call. Either way you would imagine 1 of the big men. If it is 1 up top - I cant see Sharp playing in one of the wider supporting roles. If it is 2 up top, I wouldnt imagine Pato playing right in a 442, so that would leave Pato & Sharp fighting for 1 place. I also agree with Claude about not 'wasting' the money just because we have it. Thats the best way to ensure you dont have it for long.
06/06/2010 18:41:00
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