Sheffield United could shortly unveil Billy Sharp as their latest new close season signing after talks aimed at bringing the centre-forward back to Bramall Lane reached an advanced stage.
As The Star revealed earlier this month, Nigel Adkins wants to resurrect his partnership with the Leeds marksman following spells together at both Scunthorpe and Southampton.
Uwe Rosler, Adkins’ counterpart in West Yorkshire, has indicated Sharp could be surplus to requirements following Chris Woods transfer to Elland Road and pointedly ommited the 29-year-old from the squad which faced Eintracht Frankfurt in Austria yesterday.
With sources close to the negotiation process recently confirming that both United and Leeds are “not a million miles away” from agreeing a fee, Rosler’s decision to rest Sharp at the Sportzentrum Eugendorf suggests discussions between the two clubs have entered a critical phase.
Che Adams, Michael Higdon and Jose Baxter were on target as last night’s friendly at Cheltenham Town finished 3-1 in the visitors’ favour.
“It’s all about building for that first game,” Adkins said. “The guys are stepping their game-time up and it was another really worthwhile exercise. We scored three goals including an outstanding one from Che. They were all different types of goals which was nice too.”
Adikins took charge last month and has so far added Martyn Woolford, previously of Millwall, to his squad. Woolford appeared as a makeshift full-back at the World of Smile Stadium after Bob Harris was ruled-out with a groin injury.
“Bob’s had a little niggle for a while so we want to get that sorted properly,” Adkins said.