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Having spent the majority of the past two seasons in the Championship on loan, the Southampton striker has finally sealed a permanent deal away from St Mary's Stadium.

Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Billy Sharp from Southampton on a two-year deal.

As revealed by Goal on Tuesday the 28-year-old underwent a medical at Elland Road after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee, with Saints boss Ronald Koeman deeming the striker surplus to requirements.

The Yorkshire-born forward played a key role in helping the south coast outfit reach the Premier League in 2012, netting nine times in 15 appearances, but struggled to establish himself as a first team player thereafter, making just two league appearances.

He spent the majority of the last 24 months on loan at Nottingham Forest, Reading and Doncaster, and he he now finds himself back in England's second tier again after his move, much to the delight of Leeds boss Dave Hockaday.

“Billy is a prolific goalscorer and is tried and tested at Championship level. He was desperate to come here and play for us. I’m delighted to welcome Billy to the club," he told the club's official site.

Leeds lost on the opening day of the Championship season to Ian Holloway's Millwall, and Sharp could go straight into the squad to face Middlesbrough at Elland Road this weekend.

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