WOLVES continue to insist they are yet to receive an approach from any club for prize asset Steven Fletcher.
Scottish striker Fletcher has been heavily linked with Sunderland throughout the summer, with the 25-year-old almost certain to leave Molineux following Wolves’ relegation from the Premier League last season.
There are no shortage of suitors in Fletcher, with Stoke City yesterday rumoured to have made a firm enquiry with Wolves for the former Burnley man.
But Wolves persist in privately stressing that they have received no approaches from Fletcher, either from a rival club or any agents.
That doesn’t mean Wolves will look to keep Fletcher for their quest to return to the top flight at the first time of asking, with last season’s basement boys realising that the striker will go through the exit door.
Yet Fletcher looks likely to report for Wolves’ return to pre-season training on July 9, with the transfer market showing few signs of breaking into life.
Despite reports that they were looking for a fee around the £14million mark, Wolves have set a price tag of £10m on Fletcher.
But they will not take anything less than that figure, believing it represents good value for a player who has reached double figures in league goals in each of the last two seasons.
Wolves paid £7m to take Fletcher from Burnley two years ago and he has proved a regular scorer in a struggling side.
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill has favoured a strong targetman to lead the line throughout his managerial career and Fletcher undoubtedly fits the bill in the Black Cats’ search for a new striker.
But Sunderland’s inactivity in the window so far this summer is an indication that O’Neill will take his time over any potential new recruits.
The Wearsiders are thought to be close to sealing a deal for out-of-contract former Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar, yet the Spaniard is alone among Sunderland’s targets in being on the verge of completing his switch to the Stadium of Light.
Meanwhile, West Ham are close to completing a permanent deal for unwanted Sunderland left-back George McCartney.
The Northern Irishman spent last season on loan at Upton Park and played a pivotal role in helping Sam Allardyce’s side back to the Premier League.
But the 31-year-old has not been in the first-team plans at Sunderland for the last two seasons and will relieve a further burden on the club’s wage bill by joining the Hammers.
Meanwhile, former Sunderland midfielder Steve Agnew has joined ex-Black Cats boss Steve Bruce at Hull City.
Agnew will be Bruce’s assistant at the KC Stadium after leaving his post as reserve team coach at Middlesbrough.
Boro boss Tony Mowbray said: “I took a call from Steve Bruce earlier this week and he asked if he could talk to Steve.
“Aggers has an ambition to work at first team level and I wouldn’t stand in his way.”
Bruce also hopes to take current Sunderland second string coaching duo Keith Bertschin and Stephen Clemence to Hull, along with chief scout Pop Robson.