News of a rejected £10 million bid from Sunderland for Steven Fletcher comes as little surprise and it’s now surely a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ our prize asset heads for the exit.
Jez Moxey was quick to roll out the tried and tested company line, insisting our best players wouldn’t be leaving, but I think we’ve all been around the block enough times to know Fletch will be packing his bags the minute someone stumps up a decent wad of cash.
Funnily enough, when we signed the Scot two years ago, it followed our CEO stating only days previously that we had no interest in the player. And then voila!
I’m not having a dig by any means, this is how negotiations work. We had to keep other interested parties at bay back then and now we have to play all the same cloak and dagger games to get the asking price.
A stack of people on the BBC website seemed to think £10 million was a lot of money for Fletch, but I think when you look at his goals to game ratio in the Premier League, particularly when you consider the teams he’s played in, you can understand why Wolves are holding out for more.
In the right team, I have no doubt in my mind Fletch would easily surpass the 20 goal mark. My gut feeling is that he’ll eventually leave for a fee of £12-14 million with add-ons. Both Sunderland and Villa could feasibly find this cash and if Fulham allow Clint Dempsey to leave (probably to Liverpool when Carroll shifts) then I think they’ll also show their hand.
These are of course just my personal theories.
Meanwhile, new players continue to arrive. Welcome Tongo Doumbia.
Like all of you (I’m guessing) I know nothing of the midfielder, but if he can get up and down the pitch and put his foot in, then he’s a welcome addition to the squad.
We saw the impact Frimpong had last year in a short run of games and I’m assuming Doumbia is a player in the same mould. Looking forward to seeing what he’s about.
There’s no doubting we’re overloaded in the middle of the park at present. I count seven central midfielders (Henry, Milijas, O’Hara, Jonnson, Edwards, Davis and Dioumba). Even with Guedioura gone, surely at least one of these players will make way? It’ll be interesting to see who.
One player definitely on his way out is Sam Vokes. It looks like the striker is off to Burnley. Good luck to him there. He did fantastically well for us in the Championship winning season and he’ll always be fondly remembered for that.
But again, we’re overloaded up front and someone had to make way. He was always the likeliest candidate.