Steven Fletcher explains how Younes Kaboul and Yann M'Vila encouraged his Sunderland exit

Yann M'Vila

The Scottish striker has headed to Marseille on loan.

It certainly was one of the deals that caught fans and football followers in the UK off guard on transfer deadline day - as Scotland international Steven Fletcher headed to Marseille on loan from Sunderland.

The shock move came about after it became clear that Fletcher was set to become a fringe player under the management of Sam Allardyce.

With his contract up in the summer he wanted a move to try and put his name in the window for the summer and heading to one of French football's biggest teams will surely help in that respect.

Today he has been speaking to Le Phoceen about the move and admitted that he was told to leave and join l'OM by two of his Sunderland team-mates:

"I spoke with (Yann) M'Vila and (Younes) Kaboul and they told me that I had to go to l'OM.

"(They said) do not hesitate. They know the club."

M'Vila, on loan from Rubin Kazan, and defender Kaboul will of course know Marseille well from their respective stints in French football - although neither player actually ever played for the famous club.

But it shows the esteem in which Marseille is held in France that these two would give such a glowing reference.

Fletcher will now hope to prove to Sunderland boss Allardyce that he should have given him more of a chance by thriving in France.

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