Sheffield United hitman Billy Sharp has snubbed interest from Celtic and Championship high-flyers Nottingham Forest by reiterating his desire to see out his current contract with the Blades.
The 33-year-old veteran has struggled for game-time since the Yorkshire club’s promotion to the Premier League, making just one start as the Blades have adapted seamlessly to the higher level.
Fellow forwards Lys Mousset, David McGoldrick, Callum Robinson and Oli McBurnie have been favoured by manager Chris Wilder ahead of the hometown man, leading to speculation of an exit in search of regular starts.
In the midst of an enthralling title race north of the border, Neil Lennon’s Celtic were reported to be admirers, along with Premier League-chasing Nottingham Forest.
However, the striker – who is in his third stint with the club and was instrumental in their promotions through the leagues – has put the kibosh on any potential departure.
Speaking (via the Mirror), Wilder said of his forward: “It’s understandable that there’s interest in Billy because of his track record as a goalscorer.
“I’ve always been very consistent with the message that until Billy comes to me and says he has to play regular first-team football, then he will be with us. And he hasn’t done that.
“We’ve had calls off people elsewhere and enquiries and I’m always open and honest with Bill.
“I’ve told him this or that club has come in for him, but he has always said no and that he wants to stay here until at least the end of the season.
“He understands the reason he’s not played is the form of others, position specific. The boys, other than at Liverpool , have produced top quality and consistent performances.”
The Gunners sent scouts to watch centre-back Joe Worrall in action against Chelsea in the FA Cup – the second time this has happened in as many months.