Rovers hope to secure Sharp
Doncaster are hopeful they can lure Sheff Utd striker Billy Sharp to the club, despite having a bid turned down.
Last Updated: 23/06/10 4:40pm
Doncaster are hopeful they can still lure Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp to the club, despite having a bid turned down.
Rovers have reportedly tabled a £1million offer to secure Sharp's services from their Yorkshire rivals, a fee which would make the 24-year-old the club's record signing.
But the Blades have snubbed such overtures, leaving Doncaster to contemplate their options ahead of the new campaign.
The Keepmoat Stadium outfit are still optimistic they can recruit the former Scunthorpe United player but are aware their lack of financial clout may see Sharp move elsewhere.
Burnley are also in the hunt for Sharp and Doncaster chairman John Ryan is waiting for the player to make a decision regarding his future.
Ryan said: "We are hopeful we can do a deal for Billy Sharp and we think that we are the ideal team for him.
"Burnley have a £17million parachute payment so it is difficult for us to fight them on a financial basis, but we will wait and see. A lot will depend on what Billy wants to do.
"If he wants to go to Burnley then that is the end of the story, but Billy might not want to go to Burnley and instead come to us. We sincerely hope that is the case."
A deal for Sharp would be the second time he has played for the club, having spent time with Sean O'Driscoll's team during a season-long loan spell last term.