Report: Leeds United striker Billy Sharp would need to take pay cut to join beloved Sheffield United

The striker has already had two spells with The Blades.

The future of Leeds United striker Billy Sharp has been a topic of discussion in recent weeks. The talented finisher has been linked heavily with a return to Sheffield United ever since Nigel Adkins got the job at Brammall Lane.

Adkins, who worked with Sharp at Scunthorpe United, Southampton and Reading, is a massive fan of the player and would love to bring him to The Blades in order to front up their fight for Championship promotion.

Sharp only joined Leeds last summer but in a season of upheaval he struggled to get settled at Elland Road. He scored just the five goals in 35 appearances. For a goalscorer of Sharp's prowess, that is poor.

He previously spent two spells at Sheffield United. He started his professional career with The Blades and returned in 2007 - so it would no doubt be a tempting move.

Now the Sheffield Star is discussing one stumbling block to any potential deal - his wages.

They report that Sharp may be on anything up to £20k-a-week at Elland Road. Those sort of wages will not be paid for players at the League Two club, still chasing promotion back to the second tier.

They report that Sharp would need to take a pay cut to re-join the club again, which The Star appear to suggest he would do.

But he is a Sheffield lad who, as yet, has not shone in the red and white stripes during his career. With 30 approaching fast he will want to write a positive chapter into his Sheffield United career at some point.

This summer looks the perfect opportunity.

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