Allardyce hoping to tie up West Ham Fletcher move

Manager Sam Allardyce remains hopeful that West Ham can clinch the signing of Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher before the close of the January transfer window, goal.com is reporting.

Fletcher was once an important part of the United first team picture but his battle to overcome ulcerative colitis meant he lost his place in the side.

Under Louis van Gaal this season the 30-year-old has played the full 90 minutes just twice and a number of clubs are interested in taking on his services.

The Scotland international is interesting the likes of West Brom and Valencia as well as West Ham and it is the latter that have put a proposal forward to the midfielder.

The Hammers have a policy of signing players under the age of 27 – while there are those inside Upton Park worried about his injury record given the animosity endured over Andy Carroll’s injuries – but Allardyce remains keen to add the Scot to his ranks.

The former Bolton boss confirmed he had extended a two and a half year deal the way of the player and it was a case of waiting to hear from Fletcher himself whether he could be swayed to join the Hammers.

The 30-year-old has only ever played for United since joining the club as an 11-year-old back in 1995 and has made 342 senior appearances.

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