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.