According to the Sunderland Echo, Billy Sharp is a transfer target for Sunderland this summer.
Sharp has been with Sheffield United for 8 seasons, over the course of 3 separate spells with the club. As a boyhood fan of the team, and now the club’s captain, Billy Sharp is a hero of the Blades faithful.
At 32-years-old though, and with his influence on the pitch at Championship level beginning to wane, Sharp could be preparing to depart from Bramall Lane once more.
With Sunderland linked, a return to League One, where Sharp was so prolific throughout the 2015/16 and 16/17 seasons, could be the right move for the veteran forward.
Sunderland’s transfer activity in recent years has been consistently poor. Big money acquisitions that failed to deliver on the pitch, and then proved difficult to move out of the club, have contributed in a big way towards their fall from grace.
Now, following two consecutive relegations, the Black Cats find themselves preparing for life in League One under new boss Jack Ross.
Ross has plenty of business to get through this summer, with a large part his squad needing a complete rebuild, but finding and hiring a new striker will be near the top of his list.
Billy Sharp isn’t a long term option for any club at his age, but he would make the immediate impact Sunderland need.
Despite their recent failures, Sunderland will be expecting to challenge for the title this season. To do so, they’ll need a proven goalscorer at the Stadium of Light.
Billy Sharp’s last hurrah could yet turn out to be firing Sunderland back into the Championship.