Sunderland deny Celtic Steven Fletcher approach

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher. Picture: Getty
Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher. Picture: Getty
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SUNDERLAND have received no approach from Celtic for their striker, Steven Fletcher, the player’s agent has revealed.

However, he confirmed that the Scotland internationalist is attracting interest from top English clubs.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon had admitted that he would be interested in bringing the 26-year-old former Hibs, Burnley and Wolves player to Parkhead if the price was right.

But Fletcher’s agent, Scott Fisher, insisted: “He is still a Sunderland player until they decide otherwise.

“There has been no contact from Celtic regarding Steven Fletcher, [but] there is interest from other English Premier League sides.”

Since Gus Poyet became manager at the Stadium of Light in October, the 13-times capped Scotland player has been in and out of the Sunderland line-up and, while he has been hampered by injuries, has scored three times in his 18 appearances this season.

Responding to speculation over Fletcher’s future, the Uruguayan has indicated a reluctance to sell the player, who commanded a fee of £14 million when bought from Wolves in 2012, and whom he regards as being vital in the club’s relegation battle.

Amid reports that a number of clubs, including Hull City, are interested, Poyet said: “They didn’t call me and they didn’t make any offers. So it is speculation.”

Meanwhile, Lennon admitted: “He is obviously a fine player that I think most clubs in Britain would like, but affordability may be a problem for us.”