Irons confirm Black Cat Fletcher’s a target


Fletcher-sunderland-519108West Ham have confirmed  that they are holding a back-up interest in Sunderland striker Steve Fletcher should it prove impossible to complete a deal for Emmanuele Emenike.

The Hammers are hoping they will complete the negotiations  for the Nigerian front man but have made it clear that Fletcher is a possible late target should that deal fall through.

ClaretandHugh revealed this morning that although the Fenerbache striker was taking the second part of his medical today, there was still no firm deal in place.

And the story published on line by the Mirror’s Darren Lewis that Fletcher is a target if the deal breaks down has been confirmed by our top source at West Ham who said: “We have inquired about Steven and hold an interest in him.

“He is a possible back-up target if we can’t sort out a deal for Emenike.”

However as  the Mirror reports manager Slaven Bilic has admitted that the London club are hopeful of sealing the deal – despite complications because of Emenike’s current loan spell at Al Ain in Abu Dhabi – this weekend.

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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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  • Voice of Reason says:


  • Vintage Claret says:

    WTF are they thinking ? April the 1st is still 3 months away.

  • eastendexile says:

    This cannot be true, have they ever seen him play for the Mackems! If he can’t get in their team why would we want him.

    We should still go for Yilmaz as he looks a more complete striker than Emenike and scoring goals in the UAE for Al Ain is not a measure of quality.
    Get shot of Jelavic to China and JO’B and pay the money

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Hopefully we get Emenike but if not getting Fletcher on loan is not the worst possible news, before he got to Sunderland he looked very good and a clinical finisher, Sunderland before Allardyce was a horrendous mess, the dressing room were controlling the team and they are / were mostly a bunch of overpaid has beens, you can understand why he may have lost motivation. Admitted he wouldn’t be my first choice but as cover especially for AC he may well prove an astute signing with a loan to buy deal. AC and Sak are not far away from fitness so in the worst case scenario he plays about as much as all our other January loan deal strikers of recent seasons but best case scenario he gets much needed confidence and looks like the player he was a 20 goal a season striker !!!

  • COYI247 says:

    Thoughts: Fact: The LAST thing Sunderland need is to get rid of strikers. BUT look how Allardyce froze out Zarate…and Fletcher isn’t exactly Big Sam’s type, so maybe THAT is why he is being released….??
    He was a quality striker, but that was a long, long time ago….and now injury prone: the LAST thing we need!
    Zarate or Fletcher? Zarate, no why DID we let him go? Maybe, he was so unhappy he was causing trouble?
    Could Fletcher flourish again under Bilic? It is a very longshot! Having said that, I was dead against Jelavich, but he’s been quite sharp…and 2 goals in 2 games…. Maybe Fletcher could do well, but it feels very lightweight, and barely worth it with Sakho and AC returning…
    January transfers! Crazy

  • ChrisTheHammer says:


  • Dainon says:

    Wow means Exwhu will be eating humble pie – still he’s right 95% of the time

  • bubs says:

    2 January transfer periods 2 Fletchers we did not take the last one and we should not take this one for all the same reasons
    In 2 weeks we will have forwards falling out of our ears,we don’t need him he does not improve our side and Jelavic may as well stay as he is probably just a little better and knows how we play,
    Just think if we had signed the other Fletcher we probably would not have Payet and Lanzini here or only one,what a terrible thought,

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