Odds: Celtic favourites to sign Steven Fletcher, Sheffield Wednesday in the running

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher

Ex-Sunderland man Steven Fletcher has been linked with Celtic.

Sunderland's Steven FletcherSunderland's Steven Fletcher

According to the latest odds published by Sky Bet, Celtic are favourites to sign striker Steven Fletcher while Sheffield Wednesday are also the in the running to sign the former Sunderland man.

The Scotland international was recently released by the Black Cats as boss Sam Allardyce looks at improving his Sunderland squad ahead of next season without his services.

Fletcher joined Sunderland following a decent spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers, yet he seemingly lost his way over time at the Stadium of Light and had a spell last season on loan at Marseille.

Having said that, the striker undoubtedly has qualities and it comes as little surprise to see a number of clubs such as Celtic, Hull City and Aston Villa linked with his services, as per a report in the Daily Record.

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher has a shot saved by Arsenal's David OspinaSunderland's Steven Fletcher has a shot saved by Arsenal's David Ospina

Celtic will be intent on strengthening their squad as new boss Brendan Rodgers looks to guide the club past the Champions League qualifying rounds and into the group stages for the first time in three seasons.

A new striker to partner Leigh Griffiths seems high on the agenda, and popular bookmakers Sky Bet feel a deal for Fletcher could be in the making as they place odds of 4/5 on the Hoops signing him.

However, the Glasgow club could be rivalled by Sheffield Wednesday as they also appear in the running despite few reports actually linking them to the 29-year-old striker.

Odds are available at an outside 9/1 for the Owls to be Fletcher’s next permanent club, and it could be a deal which makes plenty of sense as Wednesday do look short of options upfront.

Aside from Gary Hooper and Fernando Forestieri, Wednesday only have the inexperienced Lucas Joao and the awkward Atdhe Nuhiu who many at Hillsborough consider not quite up to promotion standards.

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