NEW WOLVES boss Stale Solbakken has hinted that Steven Fletcher could still be sold despite rejecting Sunderland’s £10million offer.
Sunderland saw their £10million bid for striker Fletcher (left) turned down by the Championship outfit earlier this week, with the Black Cats now considering whether to make a fresh move for the 25-year-old.
Despite Fletcher’s eagerness to remain in the Premier League, Wolves are desperate to keep the Scot at Molineux – believing he offers the best chance of returning to the top flight at the first time of asking.
Financially, Wolves are secure and only a bid that totals at least £12million is likely to tempt them into offloading their top scorer from the last two seasons.
Solbakken, who succeeded caretaker boss Terry Connor earlier this summer, says he is planning for Fletcher to be a key member of the side, although he acknowledges that Wolves face a battle to keep the former Burnley and Hibs frontman before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.
“We’re looking all the time at targets, but you don’t replace Fletcher overnight – that’s impossible,” said Solbakken.
“It’s a long, long month now coming up, but at the moment he’s a Wolves player and we’re planning with him.
“Everybody at Wolves wants to keep him. But even Lionel Messi has a price.”
Stoke, Fulham and Aston Villa have all made enquiries about Fletcher, although Sunderland are thought to be the only club to have tabled a concrete bid for the striker.
But Fletcher is not the only player on Sunderland’s wishlist, with O’Neill claiming the Black Cats have made bids for a “number of players”.
Manchester City frontman John Guidetti, who notched 20 goals during a season-long loan with Feyenoord last year, remains on the radar, while free agent Louis Saha has publicly confirmed his desire to join the Wearsiders.