In a rumour that has seemingly been circulating since the dawn of time, Derby County are once again said to be chasing former Sheffield United man Billy Sharp.
According to Alan Nixon, the 37-year-old is in talks with the Rams, although terms are yet to be agreed and Sharp is yet to commit.
Derby are not alone in their pursuit of the prolific striker, however, with Championship duo Coventry City and Rotherham United also interested in securing his services.
The Sky Blues would want Sharp in as a squad player, whereas the Millers would likely utilise him on a more frequent basis as they would be in need of his goals for survival.
No stranger to Derby, the Championship ‘legend’ has had his battles with the Rams faithful before. It might come as a shock to some if he was to sign for the club.
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Football is a fickle game, however, and should he perform at Pride Park then past beefs would soon be forgotten. On the pitch, it is a signing that makes sense for Paul Warne’s men.
More than proven in the Football League, Sharp is the Championship’s all-time top goal scorer with 130 goals to his name – add another 119 to that throughout the Premier League, League One and League Two and he has hit the back of the net 249 times in total during league action alone.
Is Sharp the man?
The Rams currently have just two senior strikers at the club in James Collins and Conor Washington, the latter of which featured on the left wing in Derby’s opening day defeat to Wigan Athletic as a substitute.
Michael Smith is another of Warne’s targets, with an official loan bid reportedly submitted to Sheffield Wednesday.
Martyn Waghorn is another free agent who may soon sign for the Rams after training with the club in pre-season.
Might Sharp finally sign for the Rams after many years of rumours linking him Pride Park? It is certainly an interesting one to keep an eye on.