Doncaster Rovers are planning a last-ditch attempt to persuade star striker Billy Sharp to remain at the Keepmoat for another two and a half years.

Intrest in the 25-year-old striker has been rife, with Championship rivals Leicester City stealing a march on the chasing pack, by agreeing a fee with the player over the weekend.

But Doncaster Rovers' official Twitter page posted this morning that: "We are going to offer a new contract to Billy Sharp which will be the best the club have offered in their history."

Attempts to lure Sharp into a new deal have surfaced as major shareholder and chairman John Ryan received an injection of cash. The club's stance is that this injection should be invested primarily into keeping Sharp from the clutches of potential suitors this January.

Rovers have struggled this season in England's second tier, and Dean Saunders knows Sharp will be central to any hopes of survival, with his 10 goal contribution this time round.

"To keep Billy would be a massive shot in the arm for this club," said Saunders, who has failed to lift Doncaster out of safety since his appointment earlier this season.

If Sharp does go in the current transfer window, Doncaster may require an instant impact from their new Malian and Burkina Faso international signings Mamadou Bagayoko and Habib Bamogo.

Signed alongside former Liverpool holding midfielder Damien Plessis earlier this month, Rovers' new look side will need to dig deep to stave off the threat of relegation.

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