Nottingham Forest could be about to miss out on Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp, according to The Sun on Sunday (12/01/20).
According to Sky Sports News, the Reds and Middlesbrough had both enquired as to whether the 33-year-old would be available this month. Sabri Lamouchi is keen on bolstering his attacking options for the second-half of the season.
However, the Daily Star soon reported that the ex-Red had snubbed loan offers from both Forest and Celtic. The reasoning behind his decision was because he was understood to be keen on fighting for his place at Bramall Lane.
Now, according to The Sun on Sunday (12/01/2020), Derby County are making a ‘serious attempt’ to sign Sharp. They are keen on securing the striker on a season-long loan.
It’ll come as a surprise to Forest who were interested in offering the Sharp the opportunity to push for another promotion to the Premier League, but they now look like they may miss out to Derby.
Derby. Making a serious attempt to take Billy Sharp from Sheffield United. Keen on season long loan to give attack more goals. More games for player too if he fancies it.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 12, 2020
The experienced frontman has been out of favour at Bramall Lane this season. Chris Wilder has only named Sharp in his starting line-up once in the Premier League. He hasn’t found the back of the net since the opening day against Bournemouth.
There’s no doubt that Sharp’s goalscoring record can’t be sniffed at. He scored 30 goals for the Blades in League One before netting 23 times last time out in the Championship. He’s a proven goalscorer at this level.
If Sharp does join the Rams, it’ll prove that he must’ve had a change of heart.
Sharp may be more tempted by a move to Derby than the likes of Forest or Middlesbrough, purely because he’s likely to get more first-team action.
The Reds are looking for a striker who’s likely to be second choice to Lewis Grabban. Sharp won’t want to be dropping down to the Championship to remain sat on the sidelines.
That being said, Forest may want to up their interest to prevent the striker from joining their bitter rivals.