Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has suggested that he could leave the club permanently this summer and has admitted that he would love to stay on at French side Marseille, the Daily Record reports.
The Scotland international endured a frustrating campaign at the Stadium of Light, finding himself out of the first team under Dick Advocaat and later used sparingly under current boss Sam Allardyce.
Fletcher opted to move to Marseille on loan in a surprise switch during the January transfer window, and he seems to have found his feet in France with two goals and four assists in 15 Ligue 1 games.
With his loan deal set to end this summer, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker admits that he is keen on staying at the club as he talks up the possibility of leaving Sunderland for Marseille in a permanent switch.
“This is a great club with a great history and great potential, especially with the young players,” Fletcher is quoted as saying by the Daily Record.
“Regarding my future here, I haven’t spoken to my agent about it. There are still some games left and then I will have a look. But I’m very happy to be here. If Marseille want to keep me then I would love to stay.”
Fletcher seemingly has no future with the Black Cats regardless of what division they play in next season.
The club’s January business - bringing in Dame N’Doye and Wahbi Khazri - only increased competition, and Jermain Defoe’s superb goal scoring record meant that he was always considered the number one striker.
With Fabio Borini and Jeremain Lens also options, Fletcher, 29, knew his chances for regular first-team football were limited and the chance to join a big club like Marseille is a unique opportunity.