Doncaster Rovers: Deal for Billy Sharp not ruled out

Rovers are exploring ways to bring Billy Sharp back to the club, the Star understands.
Rovers are exploring ways to bring Billy Sharp back to the club, the Star understands.

Rovers have yet to give up on the possibility of a sensational return for goalscoring favourite Billy Sharp.

With takeover talks at Rovers reaching an impass, it appeared as though a move for the Southampton striker was off the cards.

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin said last week that the signing of Sharp would have depended new funds coming into the club.

But the Star understands the club are still looking into ways the 27-year-old could be brought back to the Keepmoat, most likely on a short loan deal.

Sharp himself is said to be particularly keen on a return but would welcome a switch to another Premier League club.

Any move back to Doncaster would rest on whether or not Southampton can agree a longer term deal for the striker.

The Saints are reportedly most keen on offloading Sharp on a permanent deal.

But Rovers are hoping to be ready to pounce with the offer of a temporary switch, should Southampton be unable to line up a deal by the end of the month.

Sharp has been linked with a number of clubs over the summer including Sheffield Wednesday, Celtic and Nottingham Forest, where he spent last season on loan.

Barnsley boss David Flitcroft has denied holding talks with Sharp but it is understood an interest is there.

And Wednesday boss Dave Jones yesterday batted off questions about Sharp.

Sharp has been somewhat isolated at Southampton and was not selected for the pre-season tours to Austria and Spain, instead training with the club’s development squad.

The Sheffield-born forward has made just 18 appearances for the Saints since his switch from Rovers last January.

Paul Dickov has pledged to field a strong team against League Two Rochdale in the Capital One Cup tonight.

Dickov admits the blank weekend ahead has made his team selection easier.

But a desire to grab the first win of the season will dictate the team he fields.

“We will be putting out a strong team, that is for certain,” Dickov said.

“We’re desperate to get that first win under our belts and get over the disappointment of the Blackpool game, particularly the manner of the defeat.”