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Allardyce still confident of Fletcher deal

by Richard Laverty

West Ham United are still hopeful of completing a deal for Darren Fletcher from Manchester United before deadline day ends on Monday evening.

Fletcher has become a bit-part player at Old Trafford this season and was stripped of vice-captaincy before Christmas and has now emerged as a top target for Sam Allardyce.

The midfielder also became a surprise target for Valencia earlier in January but it appears if the long-term servant to the club is to leave, it will be for London.

The 30-year-old’s contract expires in the summer and will be able to leave over the weekend for almost nothing and Allardyce is optimistic a deal can still be done.

“It’s still a possibility. But it’s not absolutely certain,” Allardyce said.

“We’d like a quality player of Darren’s talent, if that’s at all possible, but if it doesn’t happen, we’re not in a position where we desperately need players.”

Fletcher has been a first team player at the club for over ten years now and during the mid to late 2000s he became a crucial player under Sir Alex Ferguson, so much so that fans were gutted when he was ruled out of the 2009 Champions League final.

But illness appears to have taken its toll on Fletcher’s career and he has struggled to adapt to Premier League football so far this season, so a move away from United is something that could help Fletcher reinvigorate his career.

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