Stephen Elliott has called for his former club Sunderland to sign Billy Sharp during the January transfer window.
The ex-Black Cats striker has posted on Twitter that a deal to sign the Sheffield United star would be a gamechanger.
His post comes on the back of Phil Parkinson telling Chronicle Live that he was keeping tabs on the out of favour Blades striker.
If #safc could tempt Billy Sharp away from Sheffield Utd till the end of the season I feel it could be a huge game changer. Would love to see it happen 🔴⚪️
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) January 9, 2020
Sharp has fallen down the pecking order this season, with Sheffield United flying in the Premier League.
His goalscoring record in the Football League is phenomenal, however. Last season he netted 24 goals as the Blades won promotion to the top-flight.
The 33-year-old has maintained his desire to fight for his place at Bramall Lane but that might change.
As the window progresses he may choose to move on, particularly if he feels first-team football isn’t forthcoming with United.
Elliott thinks Sharp would be a quality addition for Sunderland and he’s probably right.
If the striker does become available, however, it’s hard to imagine him dropping into League One.
Several Championship clubs are likely to be interested; whilst Celtic are also thought to have shown interest this month (Daily Star).
Sunderland are currently ninth in League One, a point away from the League One play-off places.
Parkinson has made no secret of his desire to add more firepower to his ranks before the month is out.
Signing a striker could well prove the difference between winning promotion and another season in the third tier.
Sharp would certainly be a quality signing but at this stage, it does like an ambitious punt, rather than a realistic prospect.