Billy Sharp hints at move – but to a Premier League club

IPSWICH Town top target Billy Sharp has dealt the Blues a hammer blow – after reiterating his desire to join a Premier League club sooner rather than later.

The Doncaster Rovers striker – who last month paid tribute to Town fans and admitted Ipswich would be a “fantastic” club to play for – has said he is “110 per cent” committed to helping his current side lift themselves out of the bottom three of the Championship.

But after Town boss Paul Jewell admitted he would be targeting Sharp in the January transfer window, it seems the striker – who has scored five goals in six matches – is looking at loftier aspirations.

“Until the next window opens, there will be more speculation but I’m going to give it 110 per cent for Doncaster until I am told otherwise,” Sharp told the Yorkshire Post.

“I am glad the speculation is there – if it wasn’t, it would mean I wasn’t scoring goals. But I will not be going anywhere yet because the window is not open. Hopefully, I will keep scoring goals and a Premiership team will come in.”

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Doncaster boss Dean Saunders has always insisted he didn’t want to sell his top scorer but might have his hand forced given the club’s current policy of bringing in big-name Premier League players on loan.

Sharp scored at Portman Road in Doncaster’s 3-2 win over Ipswich last month – prompting Blues fans to stand and applaud his goal which came seven days after the tragic death of his newborn baby.

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The 25-year-old said after the game: “I had a lump in my throat when the Ipswich fans did that for me and I would like to thank them all for showing that respect for me. It is a great club and it would be a fantastic one to play for.”

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