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No Sunderland moves for Wolves ace Steven Fletcher

WANTED MAN? ... Wolverhampton Wanderers' Steven Fletcher.

WANTED MAN? ... Wolverhampton Wanderers' Steven Fletcher.

  • by CHRIS YOUNG
 

WOLVES continue to insist they are yet to receive an approach from any club for prize asset Steven Fletcher.

Scottish striker Fletcher has been heavily linked with Sunderland throughout the summer, with the 25-year-old almost certain to leave Molineux following Wolves’ relegation from the Premier League last season.

There are no shortage of suitors in Fletcher, with Stoke City rumoured to have made a firm enquiry with Wolves for the former Burnley man.

But Wolves persist in privately stressing that they have received no approaches from Fletcher, either from a rival club or any agents.

That doesn’t mean Wolves will look to keep Fletcher for their quest to return to the top flight at the first time of asking, with last season’s basement boys realising that the striker will go through the exit door.

Yet Fletcher looks likely to report for Wolves’ return to pre-season training on July 9, with the transfer market showing few signs of breaking into life.

Wolves have set a price tag of £10m on Fletcher, believing it represents good value for a player who has reached double figures in league goals in each of the last two seasons.

Wolves paid £7m to take Fletcher from Burnley two years ago and he has proved a regular scorer in a struggling side.

Sunderland closing in on Carlos Cuellar deal

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill has favoured a strong targetman to lead the line throughout his managerial career, and Fletcher undoubtedly fits the bill in the Black Cats’ search for a new striker.

But Sunderland’s inactivity in the window so far this summer is an indication that O’Neill will take his time over any potential new recruits.

The Wearsiders are thought to be close to sealing a deal for out-of-contract former Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar, yet the Spaniard is alone among Sunderland’s targets in being on the verge of completing his switch to the Stadium of Light.

 

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