Ex-Blade and Rover Billy Sharp set for Leeds

Billy Sharp
Billy Sharp

Former Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp is poised to join Leeds United on a permanent deal.

It is understood Southampton have accepted an undisclosed fee for the Sheffield-born 28-year-old, who has a year left on his deal at St Mary’s.

Sharp has not played for the Saints since August 2012 and has had three loan spells.

His career went into decline after Southampton were promoted to the top flight, six months after he arrived from Doncaster. He rejoined Rovers on loan in January but failed to rediscover his previous impressive form for a club where he was a cult hero.

Sharp admitted during his final spell at the Keepmoat he was not himself. “I still believe I’ll score goals but something isn’t quite right and I don’t know what it is,” he said.

“Hopefully I can settle down somewhere, get my finger out and get back on track. It’s about someone believing in me and taking a chance on me.”

It appears Leeds will be the next club to take a chance on the boyhood Blade.

The West Yorkshire giants also look set to sign Chesterfield defender Liam Cooper after having a bid accepted by the Spireites.

Cooper looked close to joining Leeds earlier this month but the two clubs could not agree a valuation. However the Whites have returned with a reported £750,000 bid.