The Sunday Mirror is reporting that Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill wants Wolves striker Steven Fletcher to be his first summer signing of 2012 despite being told that he will have to sell before he adds to his squad.
To fund some transfers, O’Neill has informed goalkeeper Craig Gordon that he is free to leave the Stadium of Light if he so wishes.
With no real recognised strikers apart from Connor Wickham in the Sunderland squad at the moment following the departures of Nicklas Bendtner and Asamoah Gyan, O’Neill will be keen on adding some much needed firepower to release the pressure of star man, Stephane Sessegnon, who himself is attracting considerable interest. Fletcher contributed 12 goals during Wolves doomed Premier League campaign, having bagged 22 in 61 appearances overall.
Another man linked with Sunderland is Blackburn youngster Junior Hoilett whose contract at the Lancashire club has recently run out. Hoilett was named as one of 13 players to watch by FIFA in January 2012 and would be a very worthy coup for Sunderland.
So plenty to watch out for on Wearside, as Martin O’Neill looks to build a competitive squad to potentially challenge for a European spot next season.