Sharp excited at potential move
Norwich City transfer target Billy Sharp is “excited” at the prospect of a move away from Scunthorpe United.The 21-year-old has become one of the most sought after strikers amongst Championship clubs after firing 32 goals on the Irons way to promotion from League One.
Norwich City transfer target Billy Sharp is “excited” at the prospect of a move away from Scunthorpe United.
The 21-year-old has become one of the most sought after strikers amongst Championship clubs after firing 32 goals on the Irons way to promotion from League One.
And Sharp's agent, Imre Varadi, revealed that a number of clubs have been in contact over the former Sheffield United trainee's availability with Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves and Norwich on the trail.
“There is a great deal of interest at the moment as you can imagine,” said Varadi. “It is a very exciting time for everyone concerned.
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He is very happy at Scunthorpe but we will be having a look at the situation over the summer.”
Scunthorpe chairman Steve Wharton yesterday confirmed that the Canaries have tabled a £2.5m bid and the club has made Sharp aware of City's interest.
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“I can confirm that Norwich are one of the four or five clubs showing an interest in Billy,” said Wharton. “Obviously I cannot go into any detail while discussions are ongoing.
“Billy has been made aware of the interest. Clubs looking at Billy know that our asking price is £2m, plus various other things built into the package to make it substantially more.
“But I am still desperately hoping Billy will stay with us and lead us into the Championship. We have offered him the best new contract we can.”
Sharp insists he will not be rushed into making any decision and admitted to being tired over the constant speculation surrounding his future.
“I've had enough about all the talk, to be honest, and just want to go away on my holidays,” he said. “I keep hearing this club and that club are interested, but I've not even had a chance to consider my new contract offer from Scunthorpe.”
The League One golden boot winner wants to talk to his parents before deciding where to play next season.
“It's really flattering to hear clubs are interested, but I've not sat down with my mum and dad yet to talk about Scunthorpe's new offer,” he said.
“I still had a year to run on my contract, but they have scrapped that and offered me another two years. I'll go away and decide what's going to happen when I come back. It's great that clubs are interested and if the right club comes in I'd like to speak to them.”
If City were successful in bringing Sharp to Carrow Road then he could fill the void left by Robert Earnshaw if the Welsh international gets a move to the Premiership. The 26-year-old admitted this week that he wants to be testing himself against the best and added that it “would be the perfect time” to be playing in the top flight.