Sheffield United: Blades receive Rosler encouragement

Billy Sharp could be leaving Leeds United this summer
Billy Sharp could be leaving Leeds United this summer

Billy Sharp is expected to join Leeds on their visits to Austria and Norway despite the uncertainty surrounding his long-term future at Elland Road.

As The Star revealed earlier this week, Sheffield United have held talks about the possibility of luring Sharp back to Bramall Lane after two previous spells with the League One club.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins worked with Sharp at Scunthorpe, Southampton and Reading � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins worked with Sharp at Scunthorpe, Southampton and Reading � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

But after acknowledging Nigel Adkins’ side are not the only team monitoring the centre-forward’s situation, Leeds manager Uwe Rosler will include Sharp in the squad which faces Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim in Eugendorf and Lillestrom later this month.

“In some areas we are over covered,” Rosler said. “We have too many centre forwards at the moment. In the wider areas we are thin.”

United have been further encouraged by news that Rosler, who views Jamie Murphy as a potential solution to Leeds’ problems on the flanks, has lodged an enquiry with Bastia about the possibility of signing Floyd Ayite. Catania’s Raphael Martinho is another option.

Adkins unveiled Martyn Woolford as his first new recruit since being appointed as Nigel Clough’s successor on Tuesday afternoon but denied the former Millwall winger should be regarded as a direct replacement for Murphy.

Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler says he has a surplus of strikers in his squad

Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler says he has a surplus of strikers in his squad

“We are still assessing and we are not in a hurry,” Rosler said. “We’re going into the training camp with 95 per cent of our business done.”

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Wigan Athletic have also been linked with Sharp despite signing Will Grigg earlier this week

Wigan Athletic have also been linked with Sharp despite signing Will Grigg earlier this week