Report: West Ham join Celtic in race to sign Manchester United's Darren Fletcher

Darren Fletcher

West Ham are reportedly pursuing a surprise deal for Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher.

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham are ready to join the race to sign Manchester United's Scottish midfielder Darren Fletcher.

Fletcher, 32, out of contract at the end of the season, and given that he's now behind the likes of Daley Blind, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini in the pecking order Louis van Gaal, he may not be retained as he enters the final six months of his deal.

Earlier in the day, the Daily Mail suggested that Celtic were looking to fight off interest from Valencia in order to take Fletcher back up to Scotland in the summer.

Yet now, the Bhoys face new competition, with the Daily Mail adding that West Ham are now eyeing up a move to sign Fletcher.

The Hammers are enjoying an impressive season so far, and with just 18 months to go until they move in to the Olympic Stadium, Sam Allardyce's men will want a number of big name signings to mark the occasion.

Fans would surely rather see Alex Song sign a permanent deal at Upton Park having impressed so much on loan from Barcelona, but Fletcher would also be an interest capture from West Ham.

Song and Cheikhou Kouyate offer plenty of physicality in the West Ham midfield, but adding a calming influence in possession would be a good idea, and Fletcher offers that.

It may be difficult for Celtic to lure Fletcher up to Scotland now, given that West Ham hold far greater pulling power in the market.

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