Southampton striker Billy Sharp says Nottingham Forest want to sign him

Billy Sharp

Billy Sharp

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NOTTINGHAM Forest have taken the first steps towards signing Saints loanee Billy Sharp on a permanent basis – and the striker says that the move would be a 'good option' for him.

But new manager Alex McLeish may have to play a patient waiting game, with Sharp also today insisting that he is in no rush to commit his long-term future to Forest.

Sharp insisted on there being NO clause to allow Saints to recall him in January, when he joined on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.

And he has pledged that, between now and the end of the season, he wants to score 20 goals and help the Reds to promotion into the top-flight.

It would be his second successive Championship promotion, having scored nine goals for Saints after they signed him for £1.8m from Doncaster Rovers almost 12 months ago.

"When I signed for the season, I wanted some stability. So I didn't want there to be a clause where I could be recalled in January," Sharp told the Nottingham Evening Post newspaper.

"The (Forest) owners have said that they do want to buy me. But a lot has to happen, they have to ask Southampton first, for a start.

"But I am here for the season, at the very least, because they cannot recall me in January. I did not want that clause to be in the deal. I did not want any interruptions. I have had a few injury problems in the last few seasons and I have not been able to get to that 20-goal mark.

"That has really frustrated me. Hopefully I can stay fit and get those 20 goals for Forest."

Sharp took his tally for Forest to nine, as he netted an injury-time equaliser to earn McLeish a point from his first game in charge, against Crystal Palace, on Saturday.

The goal lifted the roof off the City Ground and Sharp says his relationship with the Reds fans could be a key factor in deciding his future.

"I will score as many as I can for Forest and then weigh my options up. And signing for Forest is a really good option. Something might still happen in January," he said.

"There has not been a concrete offer, but there has been talks between the main men and myself. I am enjoying what I am doing, I am doing well – so I don't like to change things."

McLeish added: "Billy's record speaks for itself. He has prowess in the box, he has finishing power – he is an asset. He would be an asset to any club. He would be a tremendous acquisition."

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1:07pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Just another reader says...

I for one would love to see Billy back at Saints but I don't think it will happen. If he does sign for forest it will be their gain, he's a great professional with the right attitude.
I for one would love to see Billy back at Saints but I don't think it will happen. If he does sign for forest it will be their gain, he's a great professional with the right attitude. Just another reader
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1:32pm Mon 31 Dec 12

saintlysoul says...

I wouldn't blame Sharp for signing for Forest. He's a footballer and should want to play football not stuck on a bench playing second fiddle to others such as Ricky and J Rod. I'd like to see JWP go out on loan if NA isn't going to play him anymore - what a waste!!!!!!!
I wouldn't blame Sharp for signing for Forest. He's a footballer and should want to play football not stuck on a bench playing second fiddle to others such as Ricky and J Rod. I'd like to see JWP go out on loan if NA isn't going to play him anymore - what a waste!!!!!!! saintlysoul
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2:41pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Well that answers the question many of us had. Not only is there no recall clause in his contract but it's because he demanded it! He obviously sees his future elsewhere so sell him.
Well that answers the question many of us had. Not only is there no recall clause in his contract but it's because he demanded it! He obviously sees his future elsewhere so sell him. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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2:45pm Mon 31 Dec 12

kent141 says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Well that answers the question many of us had. Not only is there no recall clause in his contract but it's because he demanded it! He obviously sees his future elsewhere so sell him.
Spot on Billy,good post.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Well that answers the question many of us had. Not only is there no recall clause in his contract but it's because he demanded it! He obviously sees his future elsewhere so sell him.[/p][/quote]Spot on Billy,good post. kent141
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2:57pm Mon 31 Dec 12

ghk230473 says...

Good all round, wanted to like him and do well but not really the answer.
Good luck
Good all round, wanted to like him and do well but not really the answer. Good luck ghk230473
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3:50pm Mon 31 Dec 12

TheSaintsMan says...

To be honest, I really like the player and think he could do a good job for us.

However, he doesn't want to stay so I think he should go to Forest. Its their gain but not our loss as he hasn't played for us this season.
To be honest, I really like the player and think he could do a good job for us. However, he doesn't want to stay so I think he should go to Forest. Its their gain but not our loss as he hasn't played for us this season. TheSaintsMan
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3:52pm Mon 31 Dec 12

warrens 76 says...

TheSaintsMan wrote:
To be honest, I really like the player and think he could do a good job for us.

However, he doesn't want to stay so I think he should go to Forest. Its their gain but not our loss as he hasn't played for us this season.
Much closer to home for him too, he is young and settling along way from home and friends is not easy.
[quote][p][bold]TheSaintsMan[/bold] wrote: To be honest, I really like the player and think he could do a good job for us. However, he doesn't want to stay so I think he should go to Forest. Its their gain but not our loss as he hasn't played for us this season.[/p][/quote]Much closer to home for him too, he is young and settling along way from home and friends is not easy. warrens 76
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4:45pm Mon 31 Dec 12

David Crook says...

Saints must be mad to let him go.
Saints must be mad to let him go. David Crook
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3:03pm Tue 1 Jan 13

upwherewebelong says...

The more I think about Sharps situation the more puzzled I become.

Saints and Adkins chased him for approximately 1 year got promoted in part thanks to some crucial goals from Sharp eg vs Portsmouth at SMS for one then we get promoted and Adkins cruelly jetisons him without even giving the bloke a chance.

As I said on another thread there are other strange signings - Lee - seems to be cast adrift now, Makes me wonder was he signed solely for commercial reasons to tap into the Japanese market ??

I wish Billy all the best but in my opinion he deserved better treatment from Adkins and Saints.
The more I think about Sharps situation the more puzzled I become. Saints and Adkins chased him for approximately 1 year got promoted in part thanks to some crucial goals from Sharp eg vs Portsmouth at SMS for one then we get promoted and Adkins cruelly jetisons him without even giving the bloke a chance. As I said on another thread there are other strange signings - Lee - seems to be cast adrift now, Makes me wonder was he signed solely for commercial reasons to tap into the Japanese market ?? I wish Billy all the best but in my opinion he deserved better treatment from Adkins and Saints. upwherewebelong
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