LEICESTER striker David Nugent has stoked the fire ahead of the Foxes’ visit to the Keepmoat Stadium this afternoon - by saying Billy Sharp should be at a bigger club than Doncaster.
And sources in the East Midlands have told the Free Press that Leicester manager Nigel Pearson may try and tempt Sharp with a move to the Walkers Stadium in January.
Southampton and Ipswich are also thought to want the 25-year-old - and former Portsmouth and Preston forward Nugent is also a keen admirer of Sharp’s goalscoring record.
“When you have got Billy Sharp in your side, who can score goals from anywhere, then you have a chance,” said Nugent.
“He is a goalscorer. He seems to score a lot of goals every season.
“I think he could be at a bigger club than Doncaster.
“He is their main goalscorer and the main threat to us. We have to keep him quiet.
“We did that with Portsmouth last season.
“We kept him quiet and he didn’t get a sniff. He is their main man.”
Leicester - like Rovers - have failed to win back-to-back games this season and could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Peterborough in their last outing.
Pearson will be armed with an £8 million war chest when the transfer window reopens next month and a new striker is thought to be his priority, with former Leeds and Everton front man Jermaine Beckford struggling for form.
Nugent said: “We are playing well and for the first hour last week against Peterborough we peppered them with shots,” he said.
“I think we put in 35 crosses in the whole game, but unfortunately we only put one of them away.
“That was the disappointing thing.
“We need to press on and get the second goal when we get our noses in front. We can’t sit back. Then we can relax and play our football.”