West Brom manager Tony Pulis has confirmed he is interested in signing Darren Fletcher from Manchester United but believes the midfielder is already in talks with several rival clubs.
Fletcher has a long-standing association with the Red Devils after making his way through the youth team to become a first-team regular in 2003. Sir Alex Ferguson was one of his biggest admirers but Louis van Gaal has so far not seen much use for him.
The 30-year-old has made just four Premier League appearances so far this season and is on the lookout for first team football. Pulis admitted he wants to bring Fletcher to the Hawthorns, but confirmed he is not the only manager chasing his signature.
"He is talking to three or four clubs. We showed an interest and he'll make a decision and we'll wait and see," Pulis told reporters.
Fletcher has just six months to run on his current contract, which is reported to be worth £80,000-a-week. But with Van Gaal preparing another summer of lavish spending in the transfer market, Fletcher is unlikely to get a renewal, even if he remains at Old Trafford past the current window.
Van Gaal was coy on Fletcher's future when asked in a recent press conference, instead pointing to his high standing in the squad and experience of winning medals. However, he could not deny that the Scotland international could leave in the next ten days.
"Darren Fletcher is the only player who has already won the FA Cup in my squad"
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When asked if he was staying, the United boss admitted: “I’m not sure. It is the transfer month. He is still a Manchester United player - that is the update.
"Darren Fletcher is the only player who has already won the FA Cup in my squad. He is also one of my three captains. That is what I can tell you."
Fletcher has seen his place in the team usurped by Marouane Fellaini and new arrival Ander Herrera, but Van Gaal is expected to add another midfielder when the summer window opens. Kevin Strootman is believed to be his first choice target with AS Roma thought to be holding out for around £40 million.