Bizarre deal of day: Fletcher to Marseille

Date published: Monday 1st February 2016 4:07

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has signed for Marseille. We’ll repeat that: Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has signed for Marseille.

The 28-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has signed on loan for the Ligue Un side. He has six months to impress them. Ha.

Fletcher, a £12million signing from Wolves in August 2012, has scored 23 goals in 108 appearances for the Black Cats, but has found himself on the periphery of Sam Allardyce’s team in recent weeks.

Allardyce has re-shaped his squad extensively this month with five new signings – Steve Harper, Jan Kirchhoff, Lamine Kone, Wahbi Khazri and Dame N’Doye – and Fletcher’s departure would further ease pressure on the wage bill following the departures of Costel Pantilimon, Sebastian Coates, Charis Mavrias and Danny Graham.

Out-and-out frontman N’Doye and attacking midfielder Khazri have boosted the club’s resources going forward, but they have also been tracking a series of other potential targets in recent days.

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