NO GLEE AS STE DEAL GOES STALE

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By IAN BAKER

WOLVES have hit out at Sun­der­land af­ter re­ject­ing a sec­ond bid for hit­man Steven Fletcher.

The Black Cats are thought to have of­fered £13mil­lion for the Scot­land in­ter­na­tional (right) af­ter hav­ing an orig­i­nal £12m ap­proach turned down.

But Wolves want £15m for the for­mer Burn­ley striker.

And chief ex­ec­u­tive Jez Moxey fumed: “All par­ties need to draw a line un­der this mat­ter, which has now dragged on for over a month.

“We need to fo­cus on the sea­son ahead and these dis­rup­tions to the squad’s prepa­ra­tions are un­help­ful.

“We have al­ways said we want to keep our best play­ers.

“If our val­u­a­tions of them are not met then they will re­main at Wolves, but we can­not al­low this spec­u­la­tion about their fu­tures to drag on in­def­i­nitely up to the clo­sure of the trans­fer win­dow.”

But boss Stale Sol­bakken con­ceded he expected Fletcher to even­tu­ally be on his way.

He said: “With Fletcher, it’s at a stage now that it’s more or less at the end.

“If Sun­der­land want the player they will prob­a­bly come back again but you’ll have to ask them.

“I know the club’s val­u­a­tion and we’re try­ing to build a good team here with or with­out Fletcher.”

Even if he stays, Fletcher, 25, is un­likely to play in the club’s opener with Leeds as he is work­ing his way back from an an­kle in­jury.

Wolves have also re­jected a £9m bid from West Ham for Matt Jarvis.

Sol­bakken has pulled out of a bid to sign £3m-rated Cologne de­fender Pe­dro Geromel.

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