Billy Sharp 1 of 4 Sheffield United players reportedly allowed to leave in January
Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Billy Sharp 1 of 4 Sheffield United players reportedly allowed to leave in January

Billy Sharp is one of four players Sheffield United are willing to allow to leave during the January transfer window.

Sky Sports reports that Sharp is keen to get more game time after starting just one Premier League match so far this season.

Therefore the club will allow the 33-year-old to move on should he want to. As yet, Sharp has not asked to leave.

Both Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest are believed to have made enquires. Celtic are also understood to be interested, although it is reported elsewhere that Sharp has rejected both the Scottish Champions and Forest.

Manager Chris Wilder has also made it clear he does not want his captain to depart Bramall Lane this month.


It would certainly be a wrench for Sharp to leave his boyhood club. During three separate spells with the Blades the striker has scored 103 goals in 254 appearances.

Sharp most recently rejoined them in the summer of 2015 and has played a key role in their two promotions and return to the top flight under Wilder.

Who else could be leaving Sheffield United as well as Sharp?

(Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Sharp isn’t the only forward who could be departing the club in January, with Leon Clarke also expected to leave. Charlton Athletic, Huddersfield Town and Stoke City are all thought to be interested in Clarke.

Meanwhile, the report also says defenders Kean Bryan and Richard Stearman will be allowed to exit by the Blades. That should come as little surprise as both have been limited to cup games this term.

However, the duo leaving would leave Wilder lacking options at centre-back. Jack Rodwell has just signed on a free transfer until the end of the campaign and looks set to be used in defence.

Yet with Wilder playing a 3-5-2 system he’s likely to want at least one more signing in the position. Blackburn Rovers’ Darragh Lenihan and Forest skipper Joe Worrall have both been linked in recent times.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know