Rovers keen to keep hold of star striker

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Doncaster Rovers are ready to fight to keep their talismanic striker Billy Sharp and will offer him an improved contract in the hope he will spurn the advances of Leicester City.

The Foxes triggered a release clause in Sharp’s contract on Saturday, forcing Rovers to accept an undisclosed bid thought to be in the region of £3 million.

However, Rovers are hoping to persuade Sharp to stay at the Keepmoat Stadium by making him the highest paid player in the club’s history.

On their official twitter page today, Rovers said: “We are going to offer a new contract to Billy Sharp, which will be the best the club have ever offered in their history drfc.”

The former Sheffield United man has been a key player for Rovers so far this campaign, hitting the back of the net 10 times in 16 starts and manager Dean Saunders is desperate to keep hold of his services.

“We just feel we cannot afford to lose a player of Billy’s quality without a fight.

“He’s become a legend during his time at Doncaster and I want to keep him to spearhead a team aimed at pushing for the top six next season.”

Read tomorrow’s Star for the latest on Sharp’s future.