Sharp expected to depart Saints

Billy Sharp's agent admits there could come a time this month when the striker has to consider his options away from Southampton.

It is a bit of a difficult one at the minute.

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

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

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

But 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.

– Billy Sharp's agent James Featherstone