Saints won’t let Leeds target leave
The former Doncaster Rovers man has been frozen out by manager Mauricio Pochettino, with the Argentinian having made it clear that Sharp is not in his plans as he left him out of pre-season and the Saints’ opening three Premier League games.
The forgotten 27-year-old is wanted by a host of Championship clubs, including Reading, Ipswich, Doncaster, Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday, according to the newspaper.
The loan transfer window opens this week, but the former Scunthorpe United man cannot kick-start his career as the Saints are refusing to subsidise his £18,000-a-week wages, the newspaper claims.
The Premier League outfit have stated that any club wanting the former Sheffield United man on a temporary basis must pay all of his wages, according to the paper.
Doncaster chairman John Ryan said, as reported by the newspaper: “We would love to have Billy back here with us but it is not going to happen because we cannot afford his wages.
“Southampton have made it clear that they want whoever takes him to pay the full amount.”
The 27-year-old striker, who joined Southampton from Doncaster Rovers for a fee of £1.8million, has made 17 appearances for the Saints with a return of nine goals.
However, Sharp has found it hard to nail down a place in the Saints line up, with competition from England striker Rickie Lambert and former Burnley striker James Rodriguez.
He now faces added competition with Saints record signing Pablo Osvaldo pushing Sharp further down the pecking order.
Despite the former Sheffield United man being in Pochettino’s 25-man Premier League squad, he has yet to be selected for even a place on the bench this season.