‘That fat lad from Sheffield’ as he describes himself on Twitter has been a feature of almost every Leeds United transfer window since his impressive 30 goal season for Scunthorpe United in 2006-07, but now it seems Billy Sharp may finally be Elland Road bound.

According to The Press Association, the 28-year-old striker is expected to be brought in to replace Ross McCormack after successful talks between Leeds United and his current club Southampton earlier today.

This would still leave a medical – expected to take place tomorrow – and personal terms to agree, meaning the deal is by no means a formality, but things seem to be progressing well and at great pace.

Sharp has remained a highly-regarded and sought-after striker since his time at Scunthorpe, moving to Sheffield United for £2m in 2007, Doncaster Rovers in 2010 for £1.15m before joining current club Southampton for £1.8m in 2012. Throughout his career, Sharp has netted 146 goals in 341 appearances, his most successful spells being at Scunthorpe (57 goals in 95 appearances) and Doncaster Rovers (41 goals in 86 appearances).

Since Southampton’s promotion to the Premier League, Sharp has spent the last two seasons on loan with Championship clubs scoring 11 times in 40 appearances for Nottingham Forest in 2012/13 and 6 goals in 22 appearances with spells at Reading and Doncaster last season.