Outcast striker not looking to quit.
Southampton striker Billy Sharp has insisted that he is happy to stay and fight for his place at the club rather than seek out a move elsewhere this summer, Sky Sports reports.
Sharp spent the majority of last season on loan with Championship side Nottingham Forest and has been consistently linked with a move away from St Mary’s after being left out of the the squad’s pre season tours of Austria and Spain.
Celtic, Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and former club Doncaster Rovers have all been linked with a bid to sign the 27-year-old, who joined Southampton in January 2012.
Quotes from a source claiming to be the player’s agent had recently said that he would be looking elsewhere if he could not break into the squad under Mauricio Pochettino. However, Sharp has insisted that neither he nor his agent have said any such thing and that he actually hopes to stay and try and make an impact on the Premier League.
“I am not sure where these reports over my future came from as it wasn’t even my agent,” Sharp told Sky Sports. “My agent is Paul Masterton of First Eleven Sports and he deals with all my affairs.
“I am a Southampton player and I still have two years on my contract. I am happy to stay and fight for my place until I am told otherwise.
“It has always been a dream of mine to play in the Premier League and I will continue to make myself available to the manager.
“I have been linked with numerous clubs this summer but it is all just speculation as far as I am concerned.
“Until something more concrete happens I will then have a decision to make on my future but as it stands now I am a Southampton player.”