Agent: Sharp could move on

Billy Sharp's agent admits there could come a time this month when the striker has to consider his options away from Southampton.

Last Updated: 05/08/13 at 15:25 Post Comment

Billy Sharp: Could be set for Southampton exit

Billy Sharp: Could be set for Southampton exit

Billy Sharp's agent admits there could come a time this month when the striker has to consider his options away from Southampton.

Although not told he is unwanted at St Mary's, Sharp's name does not appear to be high on manager Mauricio Pochettino's list of priorities.

The 27-year-old was overlooked for the club's pre-season trips to Spain and Austria, when the first of the first-team squad travelled.

Sharp helped the Saints to the Premier League in 2012 but was loaned out to Nottingham Forest last season, with Pochettino opting against recalling him when he replaced Nigel Adkins in January.

The forward's agent, James Featherstone, seems to accept his client's days at the club appear numbered.

"It is a bit of a difficult one at the minute," Featherstone told Press Association Sport.

"He has been pre-season training with Southampton, working hard, and obviously he wants to try to force his way into the team.

"With him being out on loan last season and a new manager coming in, he hasn't really had a chance to impress.

"He wants to play football, he doesn't just want to sit out the last two years of his contract.

"But if he doesn't get an opportunity at Southampton and it is getting close to transfer deadline day at the end of August, or when the loan window opens back up a couple of weeks after, we will have to start making a decision about what is best for Billy.

"There is no rush at the present though because as I said before there is the loan window, but if he is to go to another Premier League club or another territory then it will have to be done before this current transfer window closes."

Sharp's former club Doncaster had a request to take him on a season-long loan rejected last month, while Forest have also been linked with an approach.

As recently as Monday morning Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones flat-batted talk of a move for the ex-Sheffield United favourite, but such a move would mean another season in the Championship.

According to Featherstone, Sharp's preference is to remain in the Premier League should he leave Saints, who he believes would be looking to sell the striker rather than send him out on loan again.

"For Billy going to Southampton was his opportunity to play for a Premier League club," said Featherstone.

"While that hasn't happened in terms of getting out on the pitch, now that he has experienced being in the Premier League, if you like, then I certainly think it will form a big part of Billy's decision was he to go elsewhere from Southampton.

"Billy is a good goalscorer and a lot of teams in the Premier League and Championship are short of goals so as you can imagine there have been enquiries.

"I think Southampton are probably holding out to see if there are any more enquiries that come in that are more suitable as at this stage that is not in their interest."


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

L

oved the article. i remember at school, after failing an exam, I would become obscenely secretly happy if I discover that others failed as well. Misery loves company...Now here is to hoping Chelsea joins the party and Stoke city wins the league...Cheers!

gabu
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

C

haos reached its ultimate reckoning last weekend with Tony Hibbert looking assured at left back and Osman looking like a cultured ball playing midfielder before busting a gut to get to the back post for a Samuel Eto'o ball. Different chaos but chaos. If Kone scores the winner tonight I fear the world will end.

jelasfirsttouch
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

A

beautiful demonstration of why stats mean diddly-squat in football.

cheshire-gooner
WhoScored's PL Team Of 2014 So Far...

Footer 365

Transfer news: Yannick Bolasie won't be leaving Crystal Palace, says Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock has vowed winger Yannick Bolasie will not leave Crystal Palace during the January transfer window.

Franz Beckenbauer among FIFA names being investigated by Michael Garcia

Franz Beckenbauer and three FIFA executive committee members are under investigation by ethics chief Michael Garcia.

International football: England up seven places in latest FIFA rankings

England have jumped seven places to 13th place in the latest FIFA rankings following a six-match winning run.

Mail Box

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

Mails: Quit Massaging Mourinho's Ego

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox after it was claimed that the Chelsea boss has transformed Cesc Fabregas into a complete player. Plus, more on Arsenal...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property