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Sharp eyes Southampton exit

Sharp wants first-team football (©GettyImages)
Sharp wants first-team football (©GettyImages).

Billy Sharp is hopeful of a move away from Southampton this summer, after spending last season out on loan at Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Speaking to the Press Association, Sharp's representative James Featherstone confirmed that with the end of the window drawing nearer, decisions were being taken.

Featherstone confirmed that whilst Sharp has remained committed to Southampton, he has been left frustrated by a lack of first team opportunities under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.

"He has been pre-season training with Southampton, working hard, and obviously he wants to try to force his way into the team," Featherstone said. 

"With him being out on loan last season and a new manager coming in, he hasn't really had a chance to impress."

Whilst other former Southampton players sat out the remainder of their contract before moving on, it appears not to be Sharp's intention to do likewise.

"He wants to play football, he doesn't just want to sit out the last two years of his contract," Featherstone confirmed.

With the window drawing nearer, and no solid offers on the table, talk has turned to loan moves. Sharp has been linked with loan moves to Doncaster Rovers, Barnsley and Burnley ahead of the new campaign.

His first aim is to secure a permanent switch from the Premier League side, but a loan deal is not off the cards.

Featherstone finished by telling the Press Association: "If he doesn't get an opportunity at Southampton and it is getting close to transfer deadline day at the end of August, we will have to start making a decision about what is best for Billy."

Sharp has failed to feature for Southampton since May 2012, when he played a huge role in pushing the Saints over the finish line in their pursuit of a return to the Premier League. Despite a promising pre-season which saw him end as top scorer, Sharp was loaned to Nottingham Forest and has failed to feature in any first team games under Pochettino.

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Championship
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Billy Sharp
Southampton

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