In a surprise move, Scotland international striker Steven Fletcher has joined French Ligue One side Marseille on-loan until the end of the campaign, according to Sky Sports.
The former-Hibernian star had fallen out-of-favour with Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce and has not appeared for the north east club in the last five matches. The 28-year-old has scored just four goals this season and England international Jermain Defoe has forced him out of the starting line-up in the past few weeks.
Fletcher’s contract with Sunderland expires in the summer and he looks likely to not return to the Black Cats. The striker has endured an injury-hit career with the north east side since joining for a club-record fee of £12million in 2012. Fletcher has scored just 23 goals in his three and a half years with the north east.
Sunderland had strengthen their striking options by signing Wahbi Khazri from Bordeaux last week for a fee of £9 million, so Fletcher was considered surplus to requirements by Black Cats boss Allardyce, joining l’OM on loan, who are currently ranked 10th in Ligue 1.