Report: Celtic priced out of move for Steven Fletcher, deal is ‘non-starter’

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Celtic were attempting to complete a deal for Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher.

Celtic have been linked with making a move for Fletcher this summer, but the Daily Record have claimed that any potential deal is now off the table, following Fletcher’s excessive wage demands.

He is currently on roughly £60,000-per-week at the Stadium of Light, and with the Bhoys only willing to go up to £25,000-per-week in their search for new talent, chief executive Peter Lawwell has admitted that the demands are ‘not so much a gap as a gulf’.

Sunderland were believed to be willing to let Fletcher leave for a cut-price fee to free up the wages on their own books, but the latest report claims that Dick Advocaat has changed his opinion on Fletcher and now wants to keep ahold of him.

The report calls any potential deal a ‘non-starter’ due to these issues, and while the wage demands have long been claimed as a potential stall for a deal, it now appears as if Celtic have ended any wishes to sign him, and will look elsewhere for striking targets this summer.

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