Report: Sunderland's Steven Fletcher 'interested' in Celtic move, huge pay cut required

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is reportedly keen on joining Celtic.

According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland forward Steven Fletcher would be open to a move back to Scotland - but a deal with Celtic could be complicated.

Fletcher, 28, has scored just eight goals in the last two seasons for Sunderland, and now faces an uncertain future with manager Dick Advocaat set to overhaul the squad having only narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship.

The Scotland international hasn't lived up to expectations since his 2012 transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers, and could now be sold in order to raise funds for other signings.

Fletcher has scored goals everywhere else he has been so far in his career, earning plaudits for his prolific records at Hibernian, Burnley and Wolves, though he has only scored four goals in 20 games for Scotland - with three of those coming against Gibraltar earlier this year.

However, there could well be suitors for Fletcher, and one team stands out from the rest - Celtic. Scotland's biggest club are in need of a striker this summer as John Guidetti gets ready to return to Manchester City at the end of his season-long loan deal, and manager Ronny Deila will be looking for a big name striker ahead of the Champions League qualifiers this summer.

Fletcher certainly fits that bill, and the Daily Mail believe that he would be 'interested' in signing for the Bhoys - but one big problem could arise in the deal.

The report states that Fletcher earns around £37,000-per-week, and would need to reduce his wages by up to 50% in order to fit into Celtic's budget, with Celtic considering Dundee United's Nadir Ciftci as a more economical alternative.

Whether Fletcher would be willing to cut his wages so drastically remains to be seen, but he told The Telegraph back in November 2014 he would be open to a move back to Scotland in the near future - and Celtic are without doubt his best bet.

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