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McCarthy warns clubs off Fletcher

January 10, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy has quashed speculation that in-form striker Steven Fletcher could leave the club in the January transfer window.

Steven Fletcher
GettyImagesSteven Fletcher signed for Wolves from Burnley in 2010

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Fletcher, 24, has scored five goals in his last eight appearances for Wolves, although the club are still threatened by relegation as they sit a point above the drop zone.

It has been suggested Fletcher's displays could see him targeted by a rival top-flight side, but McCarthy has stressed that any bid would receive a swift rebuke.

He said of the forward, who has been nursing an ankle injury: "There is not a chance of Fletch leaving. If people call, I'd tell them no. He's too valuable for us.

"As regards his fitness, he's got a sore ankle. He rocked it in the FA Cup tie at Birmingham. He didn't train on Monday but he will be okay."

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