Report: Sunderland willing to sell Fletcher, bid expected this week

Sunderland are reportedly ready to allow striker Steven Fletcher to move on from the club.

The Northern Echo has reported that Sunderland are willing to listen to offers for experienced striker Steven Fletcher.

The paper states that Swansea City are expected to press forward over their reported interest later this week, with a willingness from the Black Cats to allow the Scot to move on.

The paper also suggests that Sunderland are willing to take a loss on the player, which further cements the idea that he could be imminently moved on.

Why do Sunderland want to sell Fletcher?

Fletcher is a very experienced striker and someone who could still do a decent job for Sunderland in the Premier League.

However, the paper states that his contract is due to expire next summer which creates a sell now or risk losing him for free situation.

It’s also arguable that the side have moved on under Dick Advocaat and are determined to create a side which is based around Jermain Defoe and Connor Wickham holding the key attacking positions next season.

Is there time left for Sunderland to find a replacement?

There is plenty of time left in the transfer window but now under two weeks before the start of the new Premier League season.

That does create a pressure, but it’s important that the Black Cats don’t panic and bring in an alternative who may not be ideally suited to the system Advocaat wants to base the side around.

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