Sam Allardyce is keen to take Darren Fletcher on loan for six months with the offer of a two and half year deal at the end of it!
The manager is the driving force behind a deal which remains very much in the balance as the Manchester United midfielder studies options he has received from us and West Bromwich Albion.
Others inside the club are cooler are on the player but are backing the manager up to a point as they wait to hear back from Fletcher.
Allardyce this morning in outspoken national newspaper comments attempted to pile pressure on Fletcher to sign and ClaretandHugh – as a result – spoke to club contacts about the forces driving the deal.
At 30 years of age the player sits outside the board’s stated policy of taken no players older than 27 but it seems the manager is seeking an exception is made in the case of a player he rates highly.
And he’s ready to agree terms that would take Fletcher up to beyond his 33rd birthday as a medium term replacement for captain Kevin Nolan.
Our source said: “Sam wants this deal. Bizarrely, a clause is wanted which says he stays on if we remain in the Premier League which is a given anyway.
“Some of the staff have worries about his injury record. The last thing we want is a player on a two and a half year deal who isn’t available for periods of time.
“Everybody has a high regard to how the player has overcome serious health problems but clubs can’t be overly sentimental when a lot of money is onvolved.”