We revealed a few weeks back that Sunderland were interested in signing Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp, and that the club were monitoring his situation at Bramall Lane with a view to bringing the prolific scorer to the Stadium of Light ahead of next season.
Despite our interest, it appeared last week that any chance of a deal being done was unlikely. In his appearance on our Podcast, Sunderland owner Stewart Donald stated that any move for the veteran goalscorer was unlikely as, after sounding him out, the word coming from Sheffield was that he was happy to stay with his hometown club.
The chatter around Sunderland’s interest in Sharp has since cooled, however reports today suggest that we still have an interest in the player and are looking to pounce in the event that his circumstances change.
According to the Yorkshire Post, Sunderland are waiting for Sheffield United to strengthen their attacking options before considering a renewed move for the former Leeds United striker.
Since Donald’s appearance on the Podcast, strong rumours surrounding Chris Wilder’s side and numerous Championship-level strikers have surfaced as he bids to add dynamism and physicality to his forward line.
Martyn Waghorn, David Nugent, Sam Gallagher and Scott Hogan have all been linked to a move to Bramall Lane, with their interest in former Sunderland man Waghorn perhaps the strongest.
United are also set to unveil ex-Ipswich Town forward David McGoldrick either today or tomorrow as their third summer arrival after the 30-year-old impressed on trial. He’s undergoing a medical today and could feature for the Blades tonight in their friendly with Inter Milan.
With new arrivals possibly pushing him further down the pecking order, and with Jack Ross keen on signing a Championship-level striker, you have to wonder - could we see another move for Billy Sharp from Sunderland before the transfer window closes?