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Rumour Mill-Howe's Sharp Tongue for Billy?

Rumour Mill-Howe's Sharp Tongue for Billy?

A number of Championship clubs, including Burnley have all recently been linked with an interest in 25 year old Doncaster Rovers striker, Billy Sharp. The Clarets though if the rumour is true could face competition from Ipswich, league leaders Southampton, high-flying Cardiff and high-spending Leicester.

It would also cost the club at least a cool £3 million to bring him to Turf Moor due to a contractual release clause.

Doncaster Rovers chairman John Ryan has confirmed that there is a release clause in striker Billy Sharp`s contract with interested parties needing to offer £3 million in January for it to be triggered.

'When the window opens on January 1st, Billy's contract with Doncaster Rovers will include a release clause priced at exactly £3 million, said Ryan

'Lots of clubs are circling. Southampton and Ipswich made previous bids. Anybody who matches that new figure can talk to Billy."

Last summer, Ipswich had a £2.3 million offer turned down and Sharp also turned down a move to Southampton after the clubs had agreed a fee of £3.25 million.

Sharp is contracted to Doncaster until the summer of 2013 but it is understood the release clause comes into effect from this January.

If Burnley are interested in yet another striker it is bound to fuel speculation that we could be about to lose Jay Rodriguez or maybe even Charlie Austin or Martin Paterson, both of whom have just returned to the first team following injury.

Sam Vokes, on loan until January 15th may also be returning to Wolves soon unless Burnley are considering making a permanent offer or extending his loan deal.

It is not the first time we have been linked with Billy Sharp. Brian Laws was also keen to sign his former player. Sharp started his professional career with Sheffield United before moving to Scunthorpe under Laws in 2005. He returned to Bramall Lane in July 2007 for a fee of around £2 million.

A season-long loan to Doncaster Rovers followed in September 2009. Sharp then rejected a move to Turf Moor in the summer of 2010 despite the club having just been relegated from the Premier League with high hopes of a quick return to the top flight. This was also despite the fact that our £1 million bid had been accepted by Sheffield United. He finally signed for Doncaster Rovers in July 2010 for £1.15 million.

This season he is currently the struggling club's top goal scorer with nine goals so far and during his time at the Keepmoat, he has netted at a rate of about one goal every two games.
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Date:Monday December 19 2011
Time: 10:18AM


Not sure about this link. We must surely only be going for the likes of Sharp if we are expecting to lose one or more of our current strikers. It could be lazy journalism in view of our past links but if he has turned the club down once, it could be a battle to change his mind especially with the likes of Saints & Cardiff sniffing around. Having said that though,it was not excatly an ambitious career move going to Donny was it? Sharp certainly looks the business though scoring at a rate of 1-in-2 and he would certainly add some spice to the squad
19/12/2011 10:26:00
He is worth 3 million. But we could not afford to spend anywhere near that without Jay Rod being sold.
Grimsby Claret
19/12/2011 13:12:00
I'm not sure that a "Billy Sharp" striker will be of any benefit to the club. The only way we could afford him (@3 million or thereabouts ) is if we sell off JayRod and/or Austin and/or Pato. While we are not setting the League on fire, points wise , we have still produced a significant number of goals so far this season. With our present strike force we have 32 goals while Doncaster ( with Sharp ) have only 19. I think we are 7th in the Leaguge for goals scored. I realize that money is tight therefore why mess around with a good thing when the team seems to becoming together as a team- finally -with Eddie at the helm ( lets give credit where credit is due ) The word continuity should come in here somewhere. I still believe that our need lies in the backfield, and if strenghthened in the transfer window, it will then compliment the power up front Then we can look towards the a playoff position with a reasonable degree of confidence
19/12/2011 14:24:00
Wouldn't have a problem with a striker like Billy Sharp joining us. We certainly need someone who can inject a bit of pace into our attacking options. I know Sharp has had some personal difficulties recently so a move might not be his major concern at present but if he was available I'm sure there would be a lot of interest.
19/12/2011 18:10:00
I cant see this one happening. For me, I think Billys main strength is his finishing. He gets in the right place at the right time and puts it home. We already have Charlie Austin.
19/12/2011 20:20:00
If we could convert our attempts into goals we would be well up there. Could Billy do better than our current strikers? A big maybe, the deal to me is are we going to lose Jay Rod and Pato, I think the odds are we will so we will need a striker. The main need is still for a quality defender and ditto midfielder.
19/12/2011 20:57:00
Don't see anything in this unless we sold someone even if we sold Jay Rod we won't be folking out £3million and he didn't want to come last time
20/12/2011 21:59:00
Absolutely no question there's gonna be movement on the striker front will this board be prepared to gamble all and sell the home grown Jay Rod?, moreover what does this suggest about the short-sightedness of the board and their sell any one worth a few quid attitude how possibly can we look forward to building something when at every stage they sell of the farm ?
29/12/2011 21:24:00
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