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Sharp New Move Followed Failed Rhodes Approach Claim
Sharp New Move Followed Failed Rhodes Approach Claim
Sunday, 30th Oct 2011 21:30

Town’s reported renewed move for Doncaster Rovers frontman Billy Sharp came after the Blues failed with an approach for ex-striker Jordan Rhodes, according to one of Sunday’s tabloids.

On Thursday, Town were again linked with Sharp, who was the subject of a rebuffed £2.3 million offer in the summer, along with a £300,000 bid for Rovers midfielder James Coppinger.

Sharp, 25, was mysteriously left out of Doncaster’s 16 for Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Coventry City due to what Rovers officially referred to as a “a family problem”, while Southampton have also been linked with a £2 million deal on a loan becoming a permanent switch basis. Sharp turned down the chance to join the Saints in the summer after the clubs had agreed a £3.25 million fee.

On Saturday, Doncaster chairman John Ryan revealed that his club need to raise cash to reduce an expected £3.6 million loss this season.

Rhodes, 21, was controversially sold to Huddersfield for £850,000 by former boss Roy Keane in the summer of 2009 and has subsequently impressed for the Terriers, scoring 58 goals in 97 starts and 18 sub appearances. This season he has already netted 18 times for Huddersfield and Scotland’s U21s, including three hat-tricks.

Manchester United were linked last week with plenty of Championship clubs, including Reading and Crystal Palace, previously having been mentioned in connection with the Oldham-born frontman. If and when Rhodes moves on from Huddersfield, Town are entitled to an undisclosed percentage of the profit the League One club make on the striker, the son of former Blues keeper-coach Andy.

The link between the Blues and Rhodes junior could come from Paul Jewell’s presence at two recent Huddersfield games, however, the frontman came on as a sub with only 19 minutes remaining of one and was unused in the other.

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punch_bowl added 21:49 - Oct 30
this just goes to show how much of a useless manager Keane was....letting someone like this go...amongst others!

Garv added 21:57 - Oct 30
Truly bizarre

scooterblue added 21:59 - Oct 30
allthough i'd rather get rhodes back than sharp, sharp is proven at championship level. agree with punch_bowl though keane shouldn't have let jordan go.

bluethroughnthrough added 22:12 - Oct 30
Keane was the worst thing to happen to this football club since we went into administration. Anyone beg to differ?

Mark added 22:18 - Oct 30
Every one of Keane's signings without exception decreased in value or became of zero transfer value while at Ipswich, whereas Rhodes' value keeps going up and up since Keane stupidly sold him. It makes me think that Rhodes was shown the door just to pay for about a third of Priskin's transfer fee. Yes, it is history and we should move on, but it is relevant to underline how awful Keane's management here was to show what a job Jewell has on his hands to turn things round. Jewell cannot sell any of Keane's signings as they are all worthless!

Sharp would be an exciting signing and with Chopra's problems we do not have a reliable goal scorer in the squad as Sharp would be. There are other areas of the team that need investment too though, such as the addition of a defensive midfielder and some much needed pace.

JustSpivvyChops added 22:24 - Oct 30
Keane was awful and there was absolutely no need to sell Rhodes. However, despite scoring bundles of goals, he's still playing for Huddersfield in League 1.........if he was that good, he would have been signed up by a prem club already, just like Connor has. I suspect that his size is a major factor, as the game becomes considerably more physical in the top 2 leagues and i'm not sure he could cope with it. In the few outings he had for us in the championship, he showed promise, but was very lightweight and easily muscled off the ball. Good luck to the lad, wherever he ends up. Honestly, if the money was reasonable (which i'm sure it is), i'd rather be a big fish in League 1, than a player nobody rated and was never used, in the prem/championship.

OrkneyBlue added 22:34 - Oct 30
hmmm....Keane is still haunting us!!!

However what's done is done so as long as whoever signs for us improves us that's what's important now.

Would that player be Sharp...aye, possibly.

omuircheartaigh added 22:44 - Oct 30
Blaming Keane for Jewell's failings is nonsense. Jewell has brought in enough of his own players. Keane at least had the honesty to accept responsibility, unlike the current clown. Jewell has hardly established himself as a manager who favours youth.

manualthetisfanclub added 22:50 - Oct 30
Going over same old stuff again,lazy journalism!doubt very much sharp would end up here,most likely to the saints,sitting pretty at the top of league,besides he aint 30 years old yet,ha ha!

Tiggs added 22:52 - Oct 30
The same knives that still haunt Keane will be thrown at the present incumbent before the end of the season! Jewell has brought in players that have actually decreased the overall pace of the playing staff. Wonderful! His notable signings include Ellington, Ingamasson, Sonko and Bowyer. Wonderful!!! Oh, and he re-signed Delaney! Say no more.......

churchmans added 22:59 - Oct 30
i think rhodes would be an awesome player i dont think that the gap between leauge 1 and championship is that great!
look at norwich,southampton the last two seasons as an example and there two strikers! lambert and holt and i wouldnt be surprised if any of the current top 5 in leauge 1 rise to the top of the championship next season when they come up

Garv added 23:39 - Oct 30
Goalscorers will score at almost any level given the chance, Rhodes would murder this division now. To say he was out of his depth in the games he played for us is ridiculous! He was 18!

GiveusaWave added 05:53 - Oct 31
Think we would have a good chance of a top 6 spot with only a few signings. I would pick Rhodes, Trotter, Dan Harding and David Wright. We would easily have the quality then to challenge (and sell Delaney!)

floridaboy added 07:04 - Oct 31
The same old drivel raises it head again. A few weeks ago PJ was the best thing to happen to the club in ages, a couple of losses and he is being clobbered by a few. Yes a few.

The vast majority are still behind the man and the side

As for Sharp I wonder if he might be brought in to as a replacement for Chopra. Maybe he has more issues then are being reported. Hope not because if PJ can put a bit of width in the side ie Edwards moving forward with Wabara as a proper right back then who knows

But it is not all doom and gloom like the few keep banging on about.

StanwayBlue added 07:07 - Oct 31
I remember a generally held view at the time that selling Jordan would speed up Connor;s development, there being no way we could accomodate two such young players in the same team. We made up to £12m on Connor, would we ever have got that for Jordan?

blrmy added 07:11 - Oct 31

ipswich_is_the_best added 07:34 - Oct 31
I would love us to sign a right back and left winger maybe Peter wittingham as I think he can play on the left or someone from the lower leagues (young)and wright or someone like Cresswell would be good with a right foot

And move Edwards to right wing

And on the striker front someone really tall strong and young

itfc1981 added 07:38 - Oct 31
Told ya

yorksblue added 07:39 - Oct 31
For god sake get a striker who is taller than 4 foot nothing and knows how to head a ball in front of goal. The dross we have at the moment must be scaring opposition defences sh. Tlessu. Has anyone seen the Alan Lee. Rhodes Novak front line? Pretty impressive! and supplied by Roberts.

itfc1981 added 07:41 - Oct 31
Sign Rhodes whatever the cost, pride before cash!

KenDubZ added 07:52 - Oct 31
Shocker its Roy Keane'S mark being highlighted again. We need to forgett about the tw*t he's a melt. I would love to have kept Danny haynes aswell he's doing well at barnsley we going do with a right sided pacey winger and then Martin on the left we would be pure danger!!

Frase1987 added 08:21 - Oct 31
Every one of Keane's signings without exception decreased in value or became of zero transfer value while at Ipswich, whereas Rhodes' value keeps going up and up since Keane stupidly sold him. It makes me think that Rhodes was shown the door just to pay for about a third of Priskin's transfer fee. Yes, it is history and we should move on, but it is relevant to underline how awful Keane's management here was


froudy added 08:56 - Oct 31
Spivvy Spacky have you seen Rhodes recently? He is a unit now.

Bluetone added 09:05 - Oct 31
Roy Keane is not fit to manage a pub team in a Sunday morning league. A talented thug as a player and a complete disaster as a so-called manager.

yorksblue added 09:16 - Oct 31
Roy Keane for Leicester. At least that'll be another pre-season favourite out of the title race.

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