Wark: Go get a Sharp shooter

GOAL king John Wark has urged Paul Jewell to sign Billy Sharp to fire Ipswich Town into the Premier League.

Wark was back in town on Friday night on the 30th anniversary of Ipswich Town lifting the UEFA Cup to open the ‘Ipswich Town in Europe’ exhibition celebrating the club’s participation in European competition.

And the former midfielder, whose 14 goals in Europe in the 1980-81 season helped Town lift the trophy, backed Town boss Jewell’s bid to bring the Doncaster striker to Portman Road.

Doncaster turned down a �2.6million bid from Ipswich for Sharp and midfield team-mate James Coppinger, who was valued at �300,000 in the deal, last week.

Premier League Wolves are believed to be about to table a �2.5m offer for sharp-shooter Sharp, irrespective of whether they are relegated this weekend.

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Wark, who attends matches at Portman Road in his role as a hospitality host, said: “I think Billy Sharp is a very good player. I liked him when he played here last season with Doncaster.

“He is a natural goalscorer who has got a bit about him – if he gets annoyed he plays even better.

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“He is strong and scores goals, and if Ipswich get him he will be a great investment.

“James Coppinger is also a good player, and Ipswich may have to raise their bid to get the pair of them.”

The exhibition, which celebrates nearly 50 years since Town first played in Europe in September 1962, is being held at Ipswich Town Hall.

It will be open from Tuesday to Saturday every day from 10am-5pm until September 3. It is also open on Bank Holiday Mondays. Entry is free.

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