Steven Fletcher is expected to still be a Sunderland player after the transfer deadline, despite speculation linking him with a move to Celtic.
Reports yesterday indicated that Celtic were eyeing a season-long loan for Fletcher, which would take him to the end of his contract at the Stadium of Light.
Celtic admitted they were interested in the Scotland striker earlier this summer, but pulled out of any potential switch due to problems meeting the 28-year-old’s Sunderland salary.
However, the Echo understands that Celtic are NOT actively pursuing Fletcher and the £12million frontman is likely to remain on Wearside after the transfer window closes.
Sunderland have been prepared to listen to offers for Fletcher this summer, with less than 12 months remaining on his deal, while the Black Cats have boosted their striker options with the £7.75m capture of Fabio Borini.
But there are far bigger priorities on deadline day for Sunderland in terms of outgoings than offloading Fletcher.
Sunderland are pro-actively looking to shift out unwanted quartet Will Buckley, Liam Bridcutt, Valentin Roberge and Charis Mavrias, with Dick Advocaat making it clear that none are part of his plans.