After weeks of suspense, Sunderland AFC finally confirmed the signing today of the Wolves striker Steven Fletcher.
It is such a welcome announcement that we will even spare SAFC our customary criticism of the absurdity of seeing all kinds of figures bandied about before coyly saying we paid “an undisclosed fee”. But we will remind all concerned to bite their lips before rebuking anyone who speculates wrongly at £10m, £12m, £14m or, for that matter, below or above.
Go back to this piece by own own Goldy – at https://safc.blog/2012/08/goldys-logic-wolves-and-the-fletcher-saga-greed-or-hard-bargaining/ – to see why Fletcher could so easily become a great goalscoring hero on Sunderland.
This is how SAFC put it, a little while after Martin O’Neill said only paperwork formalities remained to be completed AND ALSO that the club was in talks with Adam Johnson …
The 25-year-old has signed a four-year deal on Wearside and goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s home opener against Reading.
He becomes Martin O’Neill’s third signing of the summer following the acquisitions of Carlos Cuellar and Louis Saha.
O’Neill told safc.com: ‘It has been no secret that we needed to strengthen our attacking options 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.’
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The Scottish international began his career with Hibernian, scoring 52 goals in 189 appearances. He joined Burnley – then newly-promoted to the Barclays Premier League – in June 2009, notching eight goals in his only season at Turf Moor.
Fletcher’s displays in the top flight earned him a move to Wolves, where he truly established himself as a deadly marksman at the highest level. He scored 12 goals in each of the last two campaigns, leading the Molineux club’s goalscoring charts each time – a total of 24 goals in just 45 starts and a further 23 substitute appearances.
Ha’way the Lads and thanks to the club for a great morale-lifter on the eve of the opening home game.