Sharp staying put for season

Billy Sharp says Forest have spoken to him over signing permanently and he will not return to Southampton in January.

Last Updated: 31/12/12 at 09:19 Post Comment

Billy Sharp: Says he is at Nottingham Forest for the season

Billy Sharp: Says he is at Nottingham Forest for the season

On-loan striker Billy Sharp has revealed Nottingham Forest have spoken to him over the possibility of signing a permanent deal and says there is no clause in his contract for Southampton to recall him in January.

Sharp, who joined Forest on a season-long loan in August, has impressed for the Championship club, scoring nine goals in all competitions so far this term.

His latest came in new manager Alex McLeish's first game in charge against Crystal Palace at the weekend, when his stoppage-time equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw.

The 26-year-old says there is no clause in his loan deal for parent club Southampton to bring him back to St Mary's next month as he wanted stability over the course of the season.

Sharp is not ruling out a permanent move to the City Ground but says talks are in the early stages and is keeping his focus on scoring goals for the club, with 20 his target for the campaign.

He told the Nottingham Post: "When I signed for the season, I wanted some stability. So I didn't want there to be a clause where I could be recalled in January.

"The (Forest) owners have said that they do want to buy me. But a lot has to happen, they have to ask Southampton first, for a start.

"But I am here for the season, at the very least, because they cannot recall me in January. I did not want that clause to be in the deal. I did not want any interruptions. I have had a few injury problems in the last few seasons and I have not been able to get to that 20-goal mark.

"That has really frustrated me. Hopefully I can stay fit and get those 20 goals for Forest."

He added: "I will score as many as I can for Forest and then weigh my options up. And signing for Forest is a really good option. Something might still happen in January.

"There has not been a concrete offer, but there has been talks between the main men and myself. I am enjoying what I am doing, I am doing well - so I don't like to change things."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: FA charges Chelsea striker Diego Costa over 'stamp' on Liverpool's Emre Can

The FA have charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with violent conduct over his clash with Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.

Transfer news: Arsenal complete the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista

Arsenal have completed the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel on a long-term deal, for an undisclosed fee.

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell going to the Spanish club on loan.

Mail Box

Erm... Balotelli To QPR..?

It's an afternoon Mailbox that offers the reaction to the reaction, with a defence for Diego Costa offered, and Balotelli mooted to move to QPR. Plus a silly idea about the Mails...

'Diego Costa Is A Thug.' Sore Losers..?

There is plenty of fallout from Diego Costa's stamps of authority on Tuesday's League Cup semi-final. Plus Blatter, Rodgers' substitutions and stretching the transfer truth...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company