Wolves deny accepting £12million Sunderland offer for Steven Fletcher – but talks continue

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Steven Fletcher

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Steven Fletcher

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WOLVES have denied they have accepted a Sunderland offer of £12million bid for striker Steven Fletcher.

It is understood, however, that the clubs are in talks about the Scot, who is Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill’s priority target this summer.

Wolves’ chief executive Jez Moxey told the Wolverhampton Express and Star: “Rumours that we have accepted a bid from Sunderland are incorrect. They want the player, but we haven’t accepted anything.”

Moxey recently indicated that the Black Country club are desperate to retain all their big-name players in an attempt to win an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League.

However, Sunderland are equally keen to bolster their striking options, with manager Martin O’Neill having seen Nicklas Bendtner return to Arsenal following his loan spell and Asamoah Gyan complete a permanent switch to United Arab Emirates club Al-Ain.

To date, the Wearside outfit have been unable to come up with a deal to satisfy Fletcher’s current employers with the manager admitting last week that his efforts to strengthen his squad have stalled somewhat.

However, with owner and chairman Ellis Short determined to establish the club in the top half of the Premier League, they are doing all they can to reach agreement over Fletcher, 25, a man O’Neill hopes can provide a focal point for his new-look side.