Chris Wilder’s comments suggest Sunderland didn’t stand a chance of signing Billy Sharp

Billy Sharp of Sheffield United celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Sheffield United at Madejski Stadium on February 27, 2018 in Reading, England.

Sunderland reportedly wanted to sign Billy Sharp from Sheffield United on transfer deadline day.

Billy Sharp of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United at Loftus Road on August 11, 2018 in London, England.

Earlier this month, The Chronicle reported that Sunderland had made a move for Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp.

It was reported that Sunderland, who are playing in League One this season after getting relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, made a late attempt to sign the former Leeds United striker on transfer deadline day (August 9, 2018).

The Black Cats failed in their attempt to secure the services of the 32-year-old striker, and it now seems that Jack Ross’s side never had a chance of landing the former Southampton man.

Sheffield United manager Wilder has said that Sharp was never going to leave the Blades this summer.

 

Billy Sharp of Sheffield United gestures during the Sky Bet Championship between Sheffield United and Swansea City at Bramall Lane on August 4, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Wilder told The Star: "Billy wasn't going anywhere. There was an enquiry from Sunderland but he was never going anywhere. I didn’t want him to go, he would only have left if he wanted to and he didn’t.”

The aforementioned comments from Wilder suggest that Sunderland were never going to secure the services of Sharp on transfer deadline day.

Given that the Black Cats are in League One at the moment, one can understand why Sharp did not want to join them.

After all, United could well challenge for the Championship playoffs this season, and the former Leeds striker will play a key role for the Blades.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder celebrates the win during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United at Loftus Road on August 11, 2018 in London,...

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