Will the Clarets Be Sharp-Witted Enough?
The Clarets are still to make their third signing of the summer and it had been thought that by this weekend, Sheffield United striker, Billy Sharp would have been on board.
Billy Sharp has been away on honeymoon and with Brian Laws also on a family break until last Tuesday, it is thought this could explain the delay in sorting out a deal. Even his agent was also away on vacation until midweek!
Sharp is in demend though and has been linked to a number of Championship clubs including Doncaster Rovers and Leeds.
Doncaster Rovers Chairman John Ryan remained optimistic this week that they would be successful in their attempt to sign their former loan striker. The 24 year old impressed last season scoring 15 goals in just over 30 appearances for Doncaster.
It is understood that Doncaster have already had a club record bid of about £1 million turned down by the Blades.
If the only issue at the back of Sharp's mind is the financial situation and Sheffield United's maximising the amount of money they receive from his transfer then Burnley FC should be in pole position to sign him. Their relative wealth at the club now following a season in the top flight and additional income from parachute payments should see off the challenge from both Doncaster and Leeds but Sharp may have other ideas. Brian Laws may also have the advantage of knowing the player having signed him for Scunthorpe United for £100,000 in August 2005 before Sharp joined Sheffield United for the second time in July 2007.
Sharp is today believed to be meeting with his agent to discuss the options so the Clarets should know early next week whether they have succeeded in signing him.