Allardyce confirms West Ham interest in Man Utd’s Fletcher

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed interest in signing Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher but denies a move is imminent, BBC Sport has reported.

Allardyce said at a press conference that while he is keen on the Scotland international he understands Fletcher has other offers – one of which is believed to be from new West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis – as his contract winds down, with Fletcher a free agent this summer.

“When he makes his mind up everyone will know,” Allardyce said of Fletcher. “I don’t know what the timeline is. If any of the other packages offered to him are accepted then we would accept that.

“Or if they hadn’t made their mind up or were negotiating somewhere else that would be it. We can’t wait forever,” he continued. “I always think at this stage of the window, if you do get something nailed on you have to take it because you might end up with nothing if you don’t.”

Fletcher came through the youth set-up at Old Trafford and has almost 350 appearances to his name for the club, but has struggled to win a regular place under current boss Louis van Gaal. He has claimed five Premier League winners’ medals and the Champions League, among other trophies, having made his United debut in the 2002-03 season.

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