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Sunderland fail with Fletcher bid

Sunderland have failed with a fresh offer for Steven Fletcher.

Martin O’Neill has made the Scotland international one of his top targets for the Black Cats this summer, and had fancied his chances following Wolverhampton Wanderers’ relegation from the Premier League. However, the Ulsterman is finding it difficult to persuade the Molineux club to part with the former Hibernian forward.

Sunderland have already failed with one offer for Fletcher, and now a second bid, of around £12million, has also been snubbed. It is believed the Championship side are holding out for a staggering £15million for the 25-year-old, which would represent a huge profit on the reported £7million they paid Burnley for his signature in 2010.

Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey said: "All parties need to draw a line under this matter, which has now dragged on for over a month. We need to focus on the season ahead and these disruptions to the squad's preparations are unhelpful.

"We have always said we want to keep our best players. If our valuations of them are not met then they will remain at Wolves but we cannot allow this speculation about their futures to drag on indefinitely up to the closure of the transfer window."

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