Black Cats look to strengthen Stadium of Light strike-force.
Steven Fletcher: Sunderland bid £10m for Wolves striker
Sunderland have made a £10m bid for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher.
The offer is understood to be under consideration, with Wolves waiting to see whether Aston Villa decide to firm up their interest in the 25-year-old.
Fletcher’s former club Burnley will be due 15% of any profit Wolves make on a player they paid £7m for in 2010.
“We are not getting drawn on offers for players in or out,” Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey told the Wolverhampton Express and Star.
“Our best players are not for sale; we want to keep them and build the strongest possible team for the season ahead. We will do everything we can to retain the players we want to keep and continue to look to strengthen with new signings.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Sunderland have been fairly inactive in the transfer market thus far, their only notable acquisition being that of out of contract Spaniard Carlos Cuellar, but it seems that Martin O’Neill does have his eyes on signings he feels will resolve the Black Cats main problem area, namely their attack.
Having permanently offloaded Asamoah Gyan, and passed on the possibility of signing Nicklas Bendtner on a permanent basis, O’Neill doesn’t have all that much in the way of effective striking options. In fact even the players he does have; Frazier Campbell, Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-Won, do not exactly inspire confidence, hence the need to invest in fresh firepower.
Scottish international Fletcher netted an impressive 12 goals in 26 Premier League starts last term, this despite the fact that his Molineux side finished rock bottom. Tottenham forward Defoe is a proven goalscorer with over 200 goals for club and country and if Andre Villas-Boas does indeed look to consider offers for the England man perhaps he would be tempted by the possibility of regular first team football at the Stadium of Light.
Wolves may claim they won’t accept offers for Fletcher but they will not want to be stuck with an unhappy player come September 1st so perhaps a deal can be reached.
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