Black Cats bid for Fletcher

It is understood the Black Cats have made a formal offer for the

25-year-old Scotland international after months of speculation over

his future. Fletcher, who has two years remaining on his contract

at Molineux, is understood to be among manager Martin O’Neill’s

main targets this summer as he attempts to plug the gaps left by

Asamoah Gyan and Nicklas Bendtner. However, relegated Wolves

reportedly value the player at around ?10million, and it remains to

be seen whether or not Sunderland’s bid comes close to persuading

them to sell. Former Hibernian frontman Fletcher joined the Black

Country club from Burnley two summers ago, and although he

personally has performed creditably in the Premier League, has been

relegated twice during his time in the English top flight. O’Neill

has, to date, made only one signing since the end of last season

after completing a move for free agent Carlos Cuellar following the

expiry of his deal at Aston Villa. At the same time, a procession

of players have headed out of the Stadium of Light, many of them

from the fringes of the senior squad, but including the likes of

Gyan, Scotland keeper Craig Gordon and central defender Michael

Turner. The Ulsterman revealed last week that the club was

monitoring several situations and that he hoped to make a

breakthrough soon.