Sunderland to Make Cash Plus Player Swap Offer for Wolves Striker Steven Fletcher

Stadium of Light side look to persuade Molineux outfit to sell star striker.

Wolves reject £12m Sunderland Fletcher bid so Wickham loan could be used to sweeten deal

Wolves have turned down Sunderland’s offer for 25-year-old Steven Fletcher of £12million, so Martin O’Neill is likely to improve his bid by offering teenage striker Connor Wickham on a season’s loan.

Wolves are holding out for their £15m asking price because Fletcher’s former club Burnley are due 15 per cent of any profit over the £7m they sold him for.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Not sure how this new offer will entice Wolves into selling their star striker. If the main reason Wolves have thus far turned down Sunderland’s advances for Scottish international Steven Fletcher revolve around asking price then the addition of an unproven forward into the bargain is not likely to do the trick.

The 25 year old Wolves forward impressed last term, finishing with 12 Premier League goals despite his side finishing rock bottom of the table. No doubt the former Hibernian man would like to make an instant return to the top tier but his Molineux side is clearly not keen on losing any of their top performers, which would of course damage Stale Solbakken’s sides own chances of gaining promotion to the top tier.

O’Neill needs fresh attacking options. Last term the Black Cats counted on Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner for goals and the Dane did fairly well during his season long loan deal but it seems that Sunderland are not interested in taking the Gunners forward in on a permanent basis.

Asamoah Gyan has completed a permanent move to Al Ain, adding to Martin O’Neill’s transfer budget which has barely been used thus far this summer.

Connor Wickham was a coveted commodity when at Ipswich Town but the teenager is yet to make an impact since his £8m move to the North-East a year ago. The lanky forward has scored just once in 19 appearances for Sunderland.

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