Darren Fletcher will leave Manchester United before the winter transfer window closes on Monday night if he can successfully negotiate a pay-off from his current employers.
The Telegraph understand that Fletcher’s proposed move to West Ham is being held up by the Scotland international, who believes he is entitled to a cash windfall due to the fact he has five months left to run on his £60,000-a-week contract.
The 30-year-old has not asked to leave Manchester United - but the Red Devils have deemed their third-captain as surplus to requirements following a disappointing first half of the season under Louis van Gaal.
Fletcher in limbo
West Ham, fearing the midfielder may fail to rediscover his best form at Upton Park, are reluctant fund Fletcher’s pay-off - leaving the Scot in limbo ahead of Monday evening’s transfer deadline.
Manchester United have granted Fletcher a free transfer and a move to West Ham is expected to be finalised over the coming days, but it’s unclear whether the midfielder will leave Old Trafford unless he receives the aforementioned pay-off.
West Ham fear Alex Song will go elsewhere
The report adds that West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is keen to secure the Manchester United star’s services due to concerns that Alex Song, currently on loan from Barcelona, will sign a permanent deal with another club.
Song has been one of West Ham’s key performers this season, and the Hammers face stiff competition to sign him at the end of the campaign.
Should Fletcher recapture his best form - the form he showed prior to his debilitating ulcerative colitis illness which kept him out of action for the best part of two years - West Ham will be signing themselves an excellent midfielder and a model professional.
Fletcher has struggled this season
But the truth is Fletcher has struggled this season and, at times, has looked out of his depth in Manchester United’s midfield.
A change of scenery and a new challenge. therefore, may be precisely what the Scot requires at this stage in his career.
But the stand-off between Manchester United and Fletcher regarding this payment leaves his move to Upton Park in doubt.