Stadium of Light plots squad re-build. Black Cats manager looks to build on impressive run since taking over from Steve Bruce.
Martin O’Neill is planning a swoop for Wolves star Steven Fletcher.
Relegation is starting to look like a certainty at Molineux, and Fletcher will move on when Championship football is confirmed.
The Scotland striker cost Wolves £7million from Burnley in 2010, but Sunderland will drive a hard bargain.
Fletcher has scored 10 goals this season, including putting two past the Black Cats in December.
O’Neill is also eyeing Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews, who is on a short-term deal at West Brom, as he steps up his summer planning.
Versatile defender Carlos Cuellar is also an option.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Martin O’Neill has been a huge success at the Stadium of Light and he has successfully extinguished all memory of the poor run of form the North-East side suffered under Steve Bruce. The former Aston Villa and Celtic boss is keen to build on that success and looks likely to get a decent transfer fund boost this summer in order to push the Black Cats further up the table.
The trio that O’Neill has targeted would not cost the earth but would strengthen seemingly weak areas in his Sunderland squad.
A move for Wolves forward Steve Fletcher makes a great deal of sense and the Scot is likely to push for a Molineux exit and with O’Neill likely to pass on a move to make Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner’s temporary move a permanent one, there will be a need to bring in another goal-scoring option.
Keith Andrews is another wise potential addition as the Irish international is a better player than some give him credit for. The 31 year old was stagnating at Blackburn Rovers but a good loan spell at Ipswich led to a short term move to West Brom which has worked out very well.
Carlos Cuellar is a player O’Neill knows well from his time at Villa Park and the hard working Spaniard will be available on a free transfer and could helpfully boost his defensive options. The former Rangers man can play in a number of positions and is very effective both at full back and in the centre of defence.
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