Sunderland Transfer News: Steven Fletcher Move Edges Closer

Sunderland are looking to add Wolves and Scotland international striker Steven Fletcher to the Stadium of Light side this season.

The 25-year-old striker has handed in a transfer request on Wednesday after admitting on his official Twitter account "Just handed in a transfer request, just to let the fans know where I am right now".

Wolves were relegated to the Championship last season and Fletcher wants to continue playing Premier League football. Sunderland manager Martin O'Neil has been an admirer of the the Scot for some time and has a shortage of strikers after the departure of Asamoah Gyan and Nicklas Bendtner.

Sundreland have made an offer of around £12 million for Fletcher, which is close to what Wolves are demanding for the player they paid £7 million for from Burnley in 2010. Burnley will gain 15% of any deal that Wolves get from Fletcher as previously agreed in the contract when signing the player. 

Fletcher is a good old-fashioned target man and is excellent in the air. He scored 12 goals for Wolves last season and has scored 88 goals in 295 senior appearences in his career. Sunderland have lacked goal scorers with last seasons joint top scorers only managing 8 goals each. 

Wolves are in a strong position to negotiate however with the striker having two years remaining on his contract. They will release the player if his value is met. With this in mind Sunderland will now consider stretching their £12 million offer to get their man.

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