Manchester United star Darren Fletcher has been offered a two-and-a-half-year contract by West Ham, with Sam Allardyce keen to clinch the Scottish international’s signature before the close of the January transfer window.
Having been a mainstay at Old Trafford since 2003, Fletcher has risen through the ranks to become one of the most senior players at the club. However, under Louis van Gaal - despite being made vice-captain at the start of the season - he’s looked a bit-part asset, and the tally of appearances in which he’s played 90 minutes this term stands at just two.
On top of the fact that he’s now competing with a host of top-class players for a position in the centre of midfield Fletcher has repeatedly suffered from injuries this term, and it now looks as though his United career is destined to come to an end before he hangs up his boots.
Indeed Allardyce, whose West Ham squad have performed well above expectations this season, is said to have prioritised the capture of the 30-year-old, and will even defy his club’s usual mantra of only paying for players aged 27 or under to get his man, according to Goal.
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Naturally there are concerns with club officials that Fletcher could be purchased and then toil to no avail in the treatment room thanks to his various injuries, but that could simply be a worry heightened by the way Andy Carroll’s career at the Boleyn Ground.
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If West Ham do want to sign the United veteran they’ll have to fend off competition from both Premier League rivals West Brom, who for their part look resurgent under Tony Pulis, and La Liga outfit Valencia. The Baggies are thought to have offered Fletcher terms as well, and though Valencia haven’t yet, they are still watching the situation with interest.
Filling a gap
If the midfielder does leave Old Trafford it will likely leave Van Gaal with a hole he needs to fill in the squad. The Red Devils have already been linked with Lille captain Rio Mavuba, who admitted recently that he’s looking to move abroad for free this summer, and others such as Morgan Schneiderlin and AS Roma’s Kevin Strootman have been mooted as targets in the past.