Report: Sunderland and Aston Villa enter race for Manchester United's Darren Fletcher

Sunderland and Aston Villa have reportedly joined Hull City in hoping to sign Manchester United's Darren Fletcher in January.

Aston Villa and Sunderland are both interested in the possibility of singing Darren Fletcher, according to a report in the Daily Mail

The Manchester United midfielder has struggled for first-team chances this season and it is thought that his time at the club could be coming to an end.

Fletcher is reportedly keen to stay at Old Trafford, but he has only six months remaining on his contract meaning that his hands are tied somewhat. 

It leaves Sunderland and Villa hoping to capitalise on this uncertainty over his future, as they believe he could be available on a cut-price deal in the next transfer window. 

Fletcher has been forced out of the team by United's high-profile summer additions, while the return of Michael Carrick from injury has moved him even further down the pecking order. 

The Scotland international has been at United for the entirety of his career, but as he enters the twilight of it he won't be happy to simply sit on the bench. 

Fletcher is now 30 years old and he realises that his chance to play would be far greater if he were to join Sunderland or Villa. 

The two sides have struggled this season and they may feel that his experience and quality could help them improve dramatically. 

Hull have also been long-time admirers, with Steve Bruce apparently determined to convince the central midfielder to move to the KC Stadium over any of his other options. 

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