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Nigel Adkins admits admiration for Billy Sharp; could he leave Leeds this summer?

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New Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins has admitted he is a huge fan of Billy Sharp.

Sheffield United have unveiled former Southampton and Reading boss Nigel Adkins as their new manager, as confirmed on their official website.

The Blades lost 7-6 to Swindon Town in the League One play-off semi-finals, and that defeat ended up costing manager Nigel Clough his job late last month.

Clough has now been replaced by Adkins, who is back in work for the first time since leaving Reading back in December 2014 after a tough run of form.

Adkins was introduced to the media this evening as United's seventh manager in the last five years, and he may already have his eye on one transfer target.

Adkins has managed striker Billy Sharp at Scunthorpe, Southampton and Reading, and has already admitted his admiration for the former Blades striker - sparking rumours of a possible return to Bramall Lane for Sharp.

Sharp signed for Leeds last summer from Southampton, and scored five goals in 28 games for the Whites this season in a hot-and-cold campaign for the 29-year-old.

With Leeds allegedly set to sign Motherwell striker Lee Erwin according to The Sun, Sharp could slip down the pecking order - and if that's the case, Adkins may well be interested in yet another reunion.

Sharp has played for Sheffield United in two separate stints, and he may now have been presented with the perfect opportunity for a third spell with the Blades - if Leeds are willing to let him go this summer.

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