Sunderland news

O'Neill to make final Fletcher offer

August 7, 2012
By Kristan Heneage

Sunderland are preparing a final bid for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher, according to reports in the North-East.

Steven Fletcher
GettyImagesSteven Fletcher signed for Wolves from Burnley in 2010

Fletcher, 25, has been a long-time target for the Black Cats, who had recent £10 million offer rejected by Championship side Wolves.

After the rejection of that bid, Wolves chief executive Jez Moxy said the club would not sell their best players in attempt to warn Sunderland off the Scottish striker.

But it is now believed the Wearsiders will make a take it or leave it offer for the former Burnley player in a bid to push through a deal.

Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill has struggled to bring in attacking reinforcements this summer following the departures of Nicklas Bendtner and Asamoah Gyan. He has made Fletcher, who has scored 36 times in three seasons, the focal point of his summer business.

But with just two weeks left until the Premier League season begins, O'Neill now seems ready to abandon his pursuit of Fletcher if his latest offer is rebuffed.