Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has ruled out a January transfer move to Leeds United for club captain Billy Sharp.
Chris Wilder Rules out Leeds United Move for Billy Sharp in January
Sharp had been rumoured to make a return to his former employers Leeds; the move has been suggested after it broke that Eddie Nketiah is set to return to Arsenal from his loan spell at Elland Road.
The Blades striker was linked with a return to Leeds United in the national media.
Sharp has found playing time hard to come by this season; however, he did rise off the bench in his side’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday.
However, boss Wilder was quick to dismiss the rumours circulating that Sharp is hoping to increase his game time through a move away from Bramall Lane.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday’s visit to Anfield, Wilder said: “There are hundreds of reports linking people everywhere.
“Billy’s a fantastic player, he doesn’t want to go anywhere and I don’t want him to go anywhere.
“So as far as I’m concerned that’s the end of the conversation with him.”
Billy Sharp scored five goals in 35 appearances in all competitions for Leeds during the 2014-15 campaign.
He then went on to rejoin Sheffield United, where he has since won promotion twice – firstly, from League One and then from the Championship to the Premier League.
Sharp is in his third spell with the Blades having graduated from their academy as a youngster.
He then departed Bramall Lane in 2005 before making a second stint between 2007 and 2010.
The talismanic striker has 18 months remaining on his contract at Bramall Lane, keeping his future secure in Yorkshire until the summer of 2021.