Leeds United: Ipswich Town showing interest in Sharp

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Ipswich Town are bidding to sign Leeds United striker Billy Sharp, the YEP understands.

The Portman Road club have approached Leeds about a deal for Sharp, who is six months into a two-year deal at Elland Road but has seen his first-team opportunities limited this season.

United paid around £600,000 to pay up his contract at Southampton and sign the 28-year-old in August but he has made only eight starts since moving to Leeds.

Ipswich strengthened their pool of strikers by taking Noel Hunt on a short-term basis last week, 24 hours after Hunt severed his contract at Elland Road, and the Suffolk club - currently third in the Championship - are now targeting a deal which secures Sharp on loan for the rest of the campaign.

Sharp’s most recent start for Leeds came in their Boxing Day defeat to Wigan Athletic. The striker reacted angrily, kicking a water bottle towards the dug-out, when he was substituted by head coach Neil Redfearn 19 minutes from time.

Speaking at the end of the game, Redfearn said: “I’ve done that myself in the past. I was far worse than Billy when I was a player. I was a nightmare.

“He wants to play, he wants to start and I understand that. But looking at it from my side, it’s important that he understands it’s a team game.

“He’s part of a squad and sometimes you have to change things around to chase a game or do something different.

“I don’t have a problem with it. I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t disappointed about coming off. I don’t see it as a major issue.”

Sharp was named on the bench for last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers and he is likely to be included in Redfearn’s squad for Saturday’s match against Birmingham City unless Ipswich force a deal through before noon tomorrow.

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