Pulis reportedly hopeful over Fletcher deal, but there are two problems

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis is reportedly hopeful of beating West Ham to a deal for Manchester United star Darren Fletcher.

The Express and Star has reported that West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis is still hopeful of signing Darren Fletcher from Manchester United.

West Ham United are reportedly the favourites to land the experienced star but the paper’s report suggests Pulis still believes he can pull off a deal.

Fletcher would inject a great deal of quality and experience into the Baggies, but there are stumbling blocks the club has to overcome in order to get their man.

Fletcher’s wage deal, which is likely to be high at United, could cause an issue as he’d have to seemingly take a pay cut if he moved to West Brom. He could arguably earn more cash out of a move to West Ham.

It’s also reasonable to suggest that West Ham are likely to finish higher in the table than the Baggies, with the possibility of Europa League football at the end of the season.

Considering Manchester United have not enjoyed any European football this season, it could be a factor in Fletcher’s thinking as he may want to give the European stage one last crack before retiring.

It’s a rumour, which could go down to the wire.

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