Man Utd midfielder Fletcher to be given free transfer

Manchester United are to allow in-demand midfielder Darren Fletcher to leave on a free transfer in order to move clubs before the current transfer window shuts, BBC Sport is reporting.

The Scot has spent his whole senior career to date at Old Trafford, winning a multitude a major honours including six Premier League titles, the FA Cup, three League Cups and the Champions League. Overall he has made 342 appearances in all competitions, but has only made five starts this season under Louis van Gaal.

The likes of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini have been ahead in the pecking order in recent months, with Carrick having been given the vice-captaincy at Fletcher’s expense back in December.

His contract was due to expire at the end of June, but West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United have both shown interest during the transfer window. The Hammers appear to be the favourites, although manager Sam Allardyce has said the club ‘cannot wait forever’ for a deal to be struck.

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

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