Ripples of excitement are drifting across Rovers related messageboards tonight with the ‘news’ that Rovers have made a £1.2million bid for Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp. But before you go and queue up overnight at the club shop for your ‘SHARP 9’ Rovers shirt there is good reasoning as to why we have placed the word news between inverted commas.
Firstly this story as it were comes from only one source, namely self-styled media bastards S** S***ts. This ‘breaking news’ scrolled across their news ticker late this afternoon, but in the subsequent hours no further details have appeared, and no other news source is reporting the same story. Indeed it has not even made its way onto S** S***ts own website as yet.
Secondly the figure of £1.2million on one player seems wildly at odds with the recent noise coming from the club regarding sensible investment in players. We know Sean O’Driscoll is coy and has his reservations over the press and media involvement with modern football, but he is not the kind of person to say one thing and do another. Indeed, there is a chance that S** S***ts believe it is a record breaking fee for the club, but have grabbed at the wrong straw; £1.2million is the club record fee received, but Matt Millls £300,000 is the most paid out and are Rovers really about to quadruple this figure in one single swoop? I personally doubt it.
Whilst I don’t doubt that Rovers are looking to develop the squad and that Sharp represents the kind of player the club could be chasing. It is worth taking reports such as these at face value, and as such this is by no means ‘news’ at the moment.