SUNDERLAND’S drawn-out pursuit of Steven Fletcher is finally close to a conclusion after the Black Cats agreed a fee for the Wolves striker.
The Wearsiders have seen a series of bids rejected for Fletcher, which led to the 25-year-old handing in a transfer request at Molineux earlier this month.
But after the two clubs re-entered negotiations late last week, Wolves have confirmed they have now accepted a bid, thought to be in the region of £12million.
Fletcher will now travel to Wearside for a medical and to discuss personal terms.
But given the Scottish striker has been desperate to join the Black Cats, there are unlikely to be any major hurdles and he could even be signed in time for Saturday’s Stadium of Light clash with Reading.
Fletcher is short of match fitness after appearing just once for Wolves during pre-season and only returning to training this week from an ankle problem.
But Martin O’Neill will be delighted if he can complete a deal for his main summer target after bolstering his strike options last week with free agent Louis Saha.