Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher could be on his way out of Old Trafford in January, with Hull City reportedly leading the race to secure his signature.
According to the Daily Mail, the 30-year-old is being lined up by Tigers boss Steve Bruce after falling out of first-team favour with the Premier League giants.
Fletcher has played less than 30 minutes of competitive action since August, despite being named the club's vice-captain by Louis van Gaal in the summer and starting each of the Red Devils' first three games.
Having entered the final 12 months of his £80,000-a-week contract, the Scotland international appears to be facing an increasingly uncertain future at Manchester United, even after featuring as a late substitute in last weekend's 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates.
Although Fletcher remains optimistic about being offered a one-year extension there's now a genuine chance of him moving to the KC Stadium when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.
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It's a sad situation that the long-term servant currently finds himself in having successfully salvaged his career after recovering from a chronic bowel condition last season.
However, the increasingly peripheral role looks set to force Fletcher out the Old Trafford exit door, following the arrival of players like Ander Herrera and Daley Blind who are seen by Van Gaal as the future of the team.
Bruce has already sounded out the Manchester United veteran to declare his interest in bringing him to Yorkshire in 2015, where regular football is likely to be much more forthcoming.
With five Premier League titles and one Champions League winners medal during a career that spans more than 300 games for the Red Devils, Fletcher will be able to look back on his time at the club very fondly, although he'll probably be disappointed about the way his contribution has petered out.
News of the midfielder's potential availability will almost surely attract additional interest from a number of other top-flight clubs, who could yet rival Hull City for his services after Christmas.
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