Billy stays - but for how long?

Rovers' Billy Sharp. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rovers' Billy Sharp. Picture: Andrew Roe

ROVERS could still face a fight to hold onto Billy Sharp in the current transfer window, writes Paul Goodwin.

Sharp has rejected the chance to join Leicester City and Dean Saunders revealed at the weekend he is confident the striker will see out the season at Rovers.

The mega-rich Foxes are unlikely to try and tempt the 25-year-old with a better offer.

But Sharp could still depart if a Premier League club decides to take a last minute gamble on the former Sheffield United and Scunthorpe hot shot.

Business in the January window typically picks up towards the end of the month - and a posse of top flight sides are continuing to monitor Sharp’s form.

If Sharp does remain at Doncaster for the rest of the season, which now looks odds-on, he will not necessarily sign the new contract offered to him by Saunders and McKay last week.

Sharp is not motivated by money and his ambition remains to play in the Premier League - so he may choose to sit on his current deal and assess his options in the summer.

After the game on Saturday, Saunders said: “As far as I’m concerned Billy will be staying with us until the end of season.

“That’s a great boost for everybody at the club.

“If he can win us six or seven games between now and the end of the season it’ll be worth millions to the club.

“And if he does that he’ll get Premier League clubs looking at him.

“We’ve tried everything to make him stay,” he added.

“He’s indicated to me that he is not going to Leicester - but there’s always the chance somebody else might come knocking.

“But not a lot of clubs have millions of pounds to be throwing around at this time of year.”