Saunders ‘does not think’ Sharp will stay

Billy Sharp
Billy Sharp

Dean Saunders has admitted he believes Billy Sharp will depart Doncaster Rovers in January.

Saunders remains hopeful of convincing the striker to remain at the Keepmoat but believes he faces a losing battle.

He said: “If I was being honest, I don’t think he’ll be here at the end of January.

“I hope he stays for obvious reasons – he’s scored ten goals in 16 games for me.”

Saunders confirmed a bid had been a rejected but would not name the interested club – reported elsewhere to be Leicester City.

He said: “We’ve had a bid that’s not been accepted.

“Anybody who scores goals is going to attract attention, I know I look at players in the leagues below.”

Southampton, Ipswich Town, Hull City, West Ham United and Wigan Athletic are among the clubs reportedly interested in Sharp.