Steven Fletcher joins Sheffield Wednesday after Sunderland exit

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Released Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has joined Sheffield Wednesday on a Bosman deal.

The Championship outfit yesterday confirmed the capture of Fletcher on a four-year contract after winning a hotly-contested race for the Scotland international’s signature.

Fletcher had attracted plenty of attention after Sunderland served notice that they would not renew his contract at the Stadium of Light, following his loan spell at French side Marseille in the second half of last season.

Newly-relegated Norwich, long-term suitors Celtic and Greek side AEK Athens were all interested in the 29-year-old.

But Wednesday have managed to land the ex-Wolves frontman - who cost Sunderland £12million in the summer of 2012 - with the Owls thought to have offered him a big-money deal to move to Hillsborough.

Other than veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper, those first-team players released by Sunderland at the end of last season have all had few struggles in finding new employers.

Striker Danny Graham penned a two-year contract at Blackburn last month after spending the second half of last season at Ewood Park.

And Wes Brown has also joined Blackburn for pre-season training, with several contract offers on the table for the 36-year-old.