UK time is: 02:46:37
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

OFFICIAL: Fletcher signs for SAFC

Martin O'Neill has finally secured his number one target this afternoon after Steven Fletcher signed a four year deal at the Stadium of Light for an undisclosed fee.

Whilst undisclosed, the fee is thought to be around the £14m mark - a figure which would make Fletcher to the most expensive signing in the club's history.

Fletcher, 25, was identified by O'Neill as his number one striking target this summer after the Scot bagged an impressive 22 goals in 61 games for Premier League strugglers Wolves during a two-year stint at the club.

A one-time Scotland international, Fletcher made his name north of the border with SPL oufit Hibernian. During a five year stay in the green half of Edinburgh, Fletcher bagged 43 goals in 156 league appearances.

In 2009, then-Burnley manager Owen Coyle splashed £3.5m to bring the 6'1 striker to Turf Moor. Fletcher bagged eight league goals in 35 appearances for the Clarets, showing the kind of form which prompted Wolverhampton Wanderers to pay £7.5m for the Shrewsbury-born hitman.

Two years at Molineux eventually saw Wanderers relegated, with Fletcher taking a 50 per cent pay-cut as a result of a clause in his contract. After seeing several bids from Sunderland re-buffed, Fletcher put in a transfer request before taking to Twitter to confirm the news.

O'Neill was absolutely determined to bring the forward to Wearside, having chased him all summer long. Speaking to safc.com, the boss confirmed his delight:

"It has been no secret that we needed to strengthen our attacking options,' admitted O'Neill, 'and Steven has a proven track record of scoring goals.

"He is young and constantly improving and he will be a very welcome addition to the squad. I`m delighted that we`ve been able to bring him to Sunderland."

Fletcher was signed in time to be eligible for tomorrow's visit from Premier League new-boys Reading and as a result goes straight into the matchday squad for the game.

Welcome to Sunderland Steven!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: safc123 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 24 2012

Time: 1:18PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Winger Believes Cats Did Well To Draw (Monday September 15 2014)

Poyet Looking Forward To First Win (Sunday September 14 2014)

Stats: Sunderland v Tottenham (Saturday September 13 2014)

Team News: Sunderland vs Tottenham (Saturday September 13 2014)

Coates and Alvarez Set To Star At S-o-L. (Friday September 12 2014)

Tottenham Duo Set To Debut At S-o-L. (Friday September 12 2014)

Craig Pawson in Charge Sunderland v Spurs (Thursday September 11 2014)

Coates Cant Wait To Work With Poyet. (Wednesday September 3 2014)

Black Cats Sign Argentine Winger (Monday September 1 2014)

Archived Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

List All Vital Sunderland Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Barry Green 7
2. Wattsy44 6
3. andyj1973 5
4. treader 1
5. colin1 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Sunderland 2 - 2 Spurs
Q.P.R. 1 - 0 Sunderland
Sunderland 1 - 1 Man Utd
WBA 2 - 2 Sunderland

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Leicester City 4 1 2 1 -1 5
13. West Ham 4 1 1 2 -1 4
14. Stoke 4 1 1 2 -1 4
15. Sunderland 4 0 3 1 -1 3
16. Q.P.R. 4 1 0 3 -8 3
17. Crystal Palace 4 0 2 2 -3 2
18. Burnley 4 0 2 2 -3 2

Breaking League News

Everton put 4 past Wolfsburg
» Everton : 18/09/2014 23:08:00
» Everton : 18/09/2014 23:00:00
Berahino Looking For Striking Success
» WBA : 18/09/2014 22:04:00
Gardner - We Won't Hide Against Spurs
» WBA : 18/09/2014 21:44:00
Brunt Criticism Is Undeserved
» WBA : 18/09/2014 21:38:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Tottenham
Suggested By:  
Mannone 1%
Brown 0%
O'Shea 0%
Vergini 0%
van Aanholt 0%
Álvarez 0%
Rodwell 0%
Cattermole 12%
Larsson 0%
Johnson 25%
Wickham 0%
Giaccherini 65' 0%
Buckley 65' 0%
Jordi Gómez 80' 62%