Wolves set £15m asking price for Scot.Steven Fletcher is set to start the season with Wolves after the club rejected an improved bid from Sunderland for the want-away striker.
The 25-year-old handed in a transfer request at Molineux last week after Wolves turned down a £12m offer for Fletcher from the Black Cats.
An improved bid has now been turned down by the Championship outfit, who are thought to want £15m for the player who scored 12 times in 26 Premier League starts last season.
Wolves chief executive, Jez Moxey, told the club’s website: “All parties need to draw a line under this matter, which has now dragged on for over a month.
“We need to focus on the season ahead and these disruptions to the squad’s preparations are unhelpful. We have always said we want to keep our best players.
“If our valuations of them are not met then they will remain at Wolves but we cannot allow this speculation about their futures to drag on indefinitely up to the closure of the transfer window.”
Wanderers kick-off life in the lower leagues with at Elland Road on Saturday but it is unclear whether Feltcher will play a part.
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is desperate for a new striker, after losing Nicklas Bendtner and Asamoah Gyan this summer, but is not prepared to meet Wolves’ asking price for Fletcher.
The Midlands outfit have already lost Michael Kightly to Stoke and are also fighting to hold onto Matt Jarvis and Christophe Berra, who are eyeing exits before the end of the month.
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