Rotherham United wanted to sign Billy Sharp during the recent January transfer window, reports The Sheffield Star.
Rotherham manager, Paul Warne, made an enquiry about the Sheffield United captain – but was told he was going nowhere.
The Millers weren’t the only Championship side interested in Sharp last month, with Derby County also showing interest.
Again they were knocked back by the Blades, who did not want to lose their skipper.
Which is no surprise considering Sharp has made 15 appearances in all competitions this season and scored five goals.
The 35-year-old has started three of the last five Premier League matches and is key to Chris Wilder’s plans.
Rotherham wanting Billy Sharp highlights an issue
It demonstrates where the Blades are currently that one of their key players is wanted by teams struggling towards the bottom of the Championship.
With that being the case, it should be little wonder the South Yorkshire side are bottom in the top flight currently and 14 points from safety.
This isn’t anything against Sharp specifically. The striker continues to be a great servant to the club and is undoubtedly a legend at Bramall Lane.
But it also suggests that the starting XI hasn’t been improved since the Blades were in the second tier themselves in 2018/19.
Considering they have broken their transfer record six times since then, that’s a problem.
Wilder is still relying on the same players which got him promoted two years ago. And it’s catching up with him.
Which isn’t a reflection on the 53-year-old, either. Clearly he hasn’t been backed in the transfer market as he would have wished.
Yet when the Blades are starting a forward who is wanted by the likes of Derby and Rotherham, that isn’t a good sign.