Sharp and Coppinger bids rejected

Billy Sharp tussles with Andrew Taylor (MFC) on his return match after a period of injury
Billy Sharp tussles with Andrew Taylor (MFC) on his return match after a period of injury
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DONCASTER Rovers have rejected a joint bid in the region of £2.6million from Ipswich Town for Billy Sharp and James Coppinger.

John Ryan told the Free Press this morning that the bids - £2.3m for Sharp and £300,000 for Coppinger - were rejected out-of-hand.

And he has offered very little encouragement to the Tractor Boys should they choose to come back in with a bigger offer - stating Sharp and Coppinger are central to the club’s plans for next season.

Ryan said: “Sean O’Driscoll is determined to build a quality squad to go into next season and these two players are pivotal to that desire.

“The club remains ambitious and feels that with a bit more luck with injuries and refereeing decisions we can be a real force in the Championship next season.

“Sharp and Coppinger are without doubt wonderful players that are getting better and better.

“I’m very confident, if they both remain fit, they will influence our campaign in a very positive way.

“I’m confident Billy can notch 25 goals next season, with James providing the bullets for him, along with others.

“Myself, the directors, the management team and the players are looking forward to a great season next term - and we’re looking up rather than down.”