The Manchester United midfielder could still make a late move to Upton Park.
Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher has been linked with a move away from the club he has been with since the age of 11, and West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is optimistic that a deal can still be agreed.
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The Red Devils have allowed Fletcher to leave this month on a free, as club officials believe that not asking for a fee for the Old Trafford favourite is a significant gesture of goodwill who is nearing his 20th year with the club.
With the arrival of Daley Blind and Angel di Maria, the vice-captain isn’t a part of Louis van Gaal’s first-team plans, which has resulted in the 30-year-old not being offered a new deal.
West Ham had become favourites to acquire the Scotland international’s signature, but a pay-off dispute delayed proceedings.
The Telegraph reports that Fletcher believes he is entitled to a pay-off, as he has not asked to leave the club and still has five months left of a £60,000 per-week contract.
Nevertheless, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce claims that a deal could still be finalised this month:
SA: “Fletcher is still a possibility. The move isn’t dead yet but we’ll see.”
— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) January 29, 2015
Allardyce is keen to strengthen his midfield given the uncertainty over whether Alex Song, who has been outstanding for West Ham this season, will make his loan move permanent or not.