Report: Steven Fletcher likely to remain Celtic target, despite deadline day transfer

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Celtic are reportedly continuing their pursuit of Steven Fletcher, despite the Sunderland man's move to Marseille.

According to the Sunderland Echo, Celtic are likely to remain interested in signing Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher this summer.

The Bhoys have made a number of moves to sign strikers since the end of last season, having landed Nadir Ciftci from Dundee United last summer, but his move hasn't paid off for manager Ronny Deila.

Since then, Carlton Cole arrived on a free transfer, and Celtic also completed a deadline day deal for Feyenoord hitman Colin Kazim-Richards, as Deila desperately attempted to boost his attack and add support for leading goalscorer Leigh Griffiths.

Now, The Sunderland Echo report that Celtic could yet pursue a big summer deal for Sunderland's Steven Fletcher, who told The Telegraph last season that he always wanted to play for the Glasgow giants.

Fletcher, 28, has eight goals in 25 games for the Scotland national team, and recently left Sunderland for a shocking loan deal with French club Marseille.

However, Fletcher's contract at Sunderland expires this summer, and will be free to join another club - with Celtic believed to be interested.

The report claims that Fletcher was expected to head to Celtic at the end of the season before Marseille swooped in with a surprise offer, but the Bhoys are likely to retain their interest in signing Fletcher on a free transer.

With neither Ciftci or Cole making much of an impact since signing for Celtic, Fletcher could be the marquee signing that Deila needs to make an impact in the Champions League next summer.

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