Sheffield-born striker Billy Sharp has joined Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.
The former Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers forward has brought to an end a frustrating time at Southampton by moving to Elland Road on a two-year deal.
It was reported today that Leeds agreed to pay off the remaining year of the boyhood Blade’s contract with the Saints in order to secure his services. And the 28-year-old has reportedly taken a considerable wage cut to join the Whites.
Sharp joined Southampton from Doncaster in January 2012 for a reported £1.8m. After helping the Saints win promotion to the top flight that season, he found himself frozen out and loaned to Nottingham Forest for the full campaign.
He joined Reading on loan for an injury-hit three month spell last season before spending the second half of the campaign back at Rovers, where he failed to recapture the superb form of his previous two spells.
Sharp’s love affair with Rovers began with a loan spell from Sheffield United for most of the 2009/10 season. A haul of 15 goals in 35 appearances convinced Rovers to part with £1.1million to get him on a permanent deal.
Sharp started his career with the Blades but managed just two substitute appearances before joining Scunthorpe United as a 19-year-old. He netted 56 goals in 95 appearances, prompting the Blades to resign him in 2007.
Again he struggled to find form for his beloved club.