The Scotland international has headed to Marseille until the end of the season.
In perhaps one of the shock deals of transfer deadline day Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has departed the club to join French side Marseille on loan until the end of the season.
The Scotland international has clearly not impressed his new manager Sam Allardyce and he is now all set to leave the club for nothing in the summer.
Fletcher was a big money signing for Sunderland when they snapped him up from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012.
However after scoring 11 goals in 30 games in his first season he struggled with injuries and form. He has scored just 23 goals in 102 appearances for the club and despite the odd good performance against local rivals Newcastle United it never really happened for him at the Stadium of Light.
Here is how Sunderland fans reacted to the news...
Regardless of opinion on Steven Fletcher, he's a £12m player who will leave #safc for nothing. Not great business...— Chris Young (@YoungSunEcho) February 1, 2016
Glad to see Fletcher go, should of happened a few seasons ago. For £12M an average of less than 6 goals a season just isnt good enough #SAFC— Andy Gardiner (@AndyGardiner21) February 1, 2016
Thank god Fletcher is away. Few good performances, normally against the mags, but he goes missing for months afterwards #safc— Mark Bell (@MarkBell95) February 1, 2016
Good luck Stevie fletcher if the move goes through.been a good servant to Safc and got some important goals.— ben hall (@HallBhall) February 1, 2016
A good number of Sunderland fans would drive Fletcher to Marseilles themselves (if it was behind the wheel of his Lambo of course!) #safc— Ian Safc (@IanSafc77) February 1, 2016
They were not alone however. Celtic fans have been expecting to see him at Parkhead. Fletcher is a self-confessed Bhoy and has been linked with a move in the past.
Celtic would however struggle to pay his wages and no deal came about - although some Celtic fans are hopeful of signing him for free in the summer.
Here is how Celtic fans reacted...
Steven Fletcher officially joins Marseille on loan, good move for a very underrated player, still expect to see him at Celtic next Summer— Inside The SPFL (@AgentScotland) February 1, 2016
Fletcher off to Marseille yet theres fans that didnt think hes good enough for Celtic.— Ryan Tinney (@TinneyCFC89) February 1, 2016
Celtic could have signed Anya and steven fletcher yesterday if they had any ambition— YOUNGY (@JoshYoung95) February 1, 2016
Another transfer window where Steven Fletcher doesn't go to Celtic— Ali_M (@Malloyal) February 1, 2016
Thought Stevie Fletcher was signing for Celtic— Mark weed (@Mark27Weed94) February 1, 2016
Why is Stephen Fletcher to Marseille a thing?— Connor (@CS_CFC) February 1, 2016