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ROKER ROUNDUP: Billy Sharp was never going to leave Sheff Utd to join Sunderland, says Wilder

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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has been speaking about Sunderland’s failed attempt to sign Billy Sharp over the summer, and has admitted that he was never likely to leave.

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Hannover move unlikely for Papy

AWOL defender Papy Djilobodji may have one less option available to him in his quest to leave Sunderland after one of the interested parties, Hannover 96, stepped up their efforts to sign Norwich City defender Timm Klose.

Djilobodji had been on the German club’s shortlist as they look to strengthen the centre of their defence but Hannover have now opened talks with Norwich as they look to sign Klose for a fee of around €3m.

The Senegalese international has also been linked with a move to Borussia Mönchengladbach and SM Caen.

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Sharp was never leaving

According to Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder, veteran striker Billy Sharp was never going to leave Bramall Lane this summer, despite Sunderland’s interest in the 32-year-old.

Speaking after Sharp scored his third goal of the week, a last minute winner against Norwich City, Wilder said the striker would only have left if he had wanted to:

Billy wasn’t going anywhere. There was an enquiry from Sunderland but he was never going anywhere.

I didn’t want him to go, he would only have left if he wanted to and he didn’t. I will always be open and upfront with players if they want to make that decision.

I said last week with a player [Lee Evans] that there was enthusiasm from the agent and player to make a move so there is no issue.

You hear the top managers like Mauricio Pochettino saying the same thing, if you don’t want to be part of what you are than you can go.

But I have to say I would quite like to be a part of what that was about today in the 93rd minute.

Players make decisions and I will always go along with what their views are because it’s their careers as well.

Billy has always been a big part of what we have done here. He’s gone about it the right way.

He’s still got a lot left in the locker and he’s part of a group of forwards that will score in this division.

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Cisse Serie D bound

Former Sunderland striker Djibril Cisse has signed for newly formed Italian side AC Vicenza 1902 and will be back in red and white stripes this year.

The club were founded this summer after the previous iteration of Vicenza went bankrupt over the summer and due to the club being in Serie C at the time of folding, it’s likely Cisse will be playing in Serie D this season - the fourth division of Italian football.

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Youngster finds new home

Sunderland academy product Jean-Yves Poame has found a new club after being released by the club in the summer.

The Irish youth international has returned to Ireland to sign for League of Ireland outfit Cabinteely on a one-year deal.

The youngster joined Sunderland back in 2013, but his progress was halted thanks to a heart problem that was picked up in a pre-season scan, resulting in surgery that left him sidelined for over a year.

He’ll now look to get his career back on track with the team that finished 6th in the LoI First Division last season.