Doncaster chairman John Ryan remains optimistic about signing Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp.

Rovers had a club-record bid - thought to be in the region of £1million - turned down by their Yorkshire rivals last month.

Burnley have also made an enquiry about Sharp but Ryan believes the 24-year-old could still be at the Keepmoat Stadium next season. "We are hopeful we can do a deal for Billy Sharp and we think that we are the ideal team for him," Ryan told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"Burnley have a £17million parachute payment [following relegation from the Premier League] so it is difficult for us to fight them on a financial basis, but we will wait and see.

"A lot will depend on what Billy wants to do. If he wants to go to Burnley then that is the end of the story, but Billy might not want to go to Burnley and instead come to us. We sincerely hope that is the case."

Sharp was an instant hit during last season`s loan spell at Doncaster where he scored 15 goals.

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