Sunderland enter race for Premier League hitman

With the relegation of Wolves looking more and more likely by the fixture, Steven Fletcher’s future with the club looks to be in doubt with Sunderland the latest club rumoured to be interested in his signature.

The Scottish international was being linked with a move to Liverpool for a large period of the January transfer window but the Black Cats are now hoping to pounce this summer.

Martin O’Neill will be handed funds this summer after a relatively quiet winter window where the club secured the temporary services of Wayne Bridge and Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

The Northern Irishman has taken his new side from the depths of second half table mediocrity into the running for a European spot.

Chairman Ellis Short has shown his willingness to invest in his side in the past and could be even more willing to do so in preparation for next season.

However, Financial Fair Play will be a factor in the American businessman’s mind as his club look to take the next step in their evolution and start competing on a larger stage.

Should Wolves see the drop at the end of this season, they would be expected to let go of some of their bigger stars and after last weekend’s 5-1 thrashing at the hands of bitter rivals West Brom, relegation looks increasingly likely.

The 24 year-old has made 23 appearances for the West Midlands outfit this campaign scoring 10 goals in the process.

Sunderland are understandably in the market for a striker with Nicklas Bendtner’s loan set to end at the end of the current season and the North East side unlikely to seek further services.

Asamoah Gyan will also make his return to the side from a season-long loan at Al-Ain, but won’t be expected to play much of a role at the Stadium of Light and will be expected to be sold, freeing up funds for the £9m-rated Fletcher, who could be available for less in the summer depending on Wolves’ finish.

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