Hammers update Fletcher ‘deal’


Darren FletcherWest Ham are currently negotiating hard to bring Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher to Upton Park on loan.

A clause would be included for him to join permanently in the summer and ClaretandHugh has just been told the chances of the Scottish international are “at around even money.”

Speculation the move was more than ‘paper talk came earlier in the week when Fletcher’s agent was spotted at Chadwell Heath but it wasn’t until a few minutes ago that talks were confirmed.

West Ham are poised to sign out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher on loan for the rest of the season.

Valencia and West Brom are also believed to be involved in the chase but the Hammers current lofty Premier league position has put the club in pole position.

A top Hammers source told us exclsuively : “Negotiations are in progress and we are hopeful but at this stage the chances are at 50/50 – it looks an even money job. ”

Fletcher is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and with a his contract expirng in the summer he is ready to look strongly at the Hammers option.

The 30-year-old started the first three games under Van Gaal but has since been relegated to the substitutes’ bench.

He has  overcome serious illness in recent years, being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis which required surgery in 2013.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • punchy says:

    Why oh why? Far too risky. Dodgy guts and hasn’t put in a good performance for some time plus he is not in line with our stategy. Sounds typical Alardyce. Let’s hope it doesn’t come off

  • bubs says:

    Punchy someone got to cover for Nolan when he has fatigue ?

  • sparrow says:

    Let’s hope this falls through. He is the wrong side of thirty, has a terrible health record and done nothing of note on the pitch for a good while. Why are we not sticking to our new transfer strategy of younger players, with plenty of upside in terms of development and sell on value, if we so choose?

  • rugbyirons says:

    Typical Allardyce signing.David’s please block it and promote from within.he has nothing to offer.

  • philtheiron says:

    There is no doubt that fletcher was a class player. But not enough has been seen of him since his illness to suggest he can be class again.
    If the comments before this are anything to go by then I’m not the only one with concerns.
    The jury is out!

  • conkerpot says:

    manchester United and Scotland captain? The jury’s out on this one. However I remember the reaction stuart Downing got though. Not everybody wanted Downing but he’s turned out to be one of our best players.

  • tony says:

    so our new policy of not signing aged players at the end of their careers did not last long did it? And it was working so well. Perhaps a few appearances from Fletcher will show that Nolan is not so slow after all….perhaps that is Sam’s strategy?

  • JP2101 says:

    People need to remember this is only a loan, presumably to fill in while Kouyate is away at the AFCON. If he doesn’t perform that well for us/really get into the first team, then he can go back at the end of the season. If he really impresses for us, however, then that clause may be a little handy 😉

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