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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.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 26 2010

Time: 9:12AM

Your Comments

By gum you need patience being a Clarets fan!!
turfmanphil
A case of Sharp edging his bets? I cannot see Leeds coming back in for him, that would leave us and Doncaster, according to our new League table we are 3rd and Doncaster are 8th so it's a no brainer for me, come on Billy join the Clarets!!!
8clarets8
£1.5m should do it. You've loads of dosh, a great deal more than littly Donny, but does Billy want to work with Laws again or is hero worship at The Keepmoat going to be important to him? Dont count weeds out yet either.
FloridaBlade1
Sounds like he's staying at Sheff United, the club he supported as a boy. Fair play to him. Won't be disappointed if we don't sign him to be honest. There's other strikers out there and I think he's a bit of a homeboy. Rumour of a link with Ross Wallace is disappointing though, especially if this means we're out of the race for Driver and/or Whittingham.
cubanclaret
Shame, reports say Billy wants to stay. I'd like him to go - soon as. Either he is planning to sit out the last year of his contract and go up the road to Donny the season after or he really thinks he can challenge for a place. If thats the case, his attitude to running the channels and having to work a bit harder will have to change. Rather have the £1m and the £12k a week off the wage bill though.
BilboBlade
 

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