Report: Leeds striker Billy Sharp currently refusing to complete Sheffield United transfer

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Leeds striker Billy Sharp is reportedly stalling over a move to Sheffield United.

According to The Sun, Leeds striker Billy Sharp is refusing to sign for Sheffield United until he receives a pay-off from the Elland Road club.

Sharp, 29, joined Leeds last summer on a free transfer from Southampton, but was in and out of the team, scoring just five goals in 28 games last season.

Now, with new manager Uwe Rosler bringing in the likes of Chris Wood and Lee Erwin, Sharp has fallen down the pecking order at Elland Road, prompting interest in his signature.

Sky Sports reported earlier this week that Sheffield United were aiming to bring Sharp back for a third spell at Bramall Lane, and had agreed a £500,000 fee.

Now, The Sun also report a £500,000 deal has been sanctioned, but Sharp is refusing to complete the deal - because of the difference in wages.

Sharp will have to take a pay cut in order to re-join Sheffield United, and he won't complete the deal until Leeds hand him a pay-off, according to The Sun.

Sharp - sixth choice?

As mentioned earlier, Leeds have snapped up two strikers in Erwin and Wood already this summer, which gives Sharp an uphill task under Rosler.

With Souleymane Doukara, Mirco Antenucci and Steve Morison also vying for places in attack, Sharp is now essentially Leeds' sixth choice striker - and an exit would be for the best for Sharp's career.

A drop to League One may not be what Sharp wanted, but at 29, he needs to be playing first team football - and under his former Scunthorpe, Southampton and Reading boss Nigel Adkins, he could make a perfect move back to Sheffield United.

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