Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Toffees stuck on Fletcher deal

Everton boss David Moyes has targeted Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher as his number one transfer target ahead of the new season and is preparing a bid of £4million.

Moyes has not yet made a move in the summer transfer market, but after the departure of Lee Carsley to Birmingham the Toffees chief has identified Scotland international Fletcher as the man to replace him. The 24-year-old has spent his entire career at Old Trafford but after his bit-part role for the Premier League champions last season Moyes is hoping he can lure Fletcher across the north-west.

The Edinburgh-born star made just 23 appearances in all competitions last term and Everton are hoping that regular first-team football and UEFA Cup action will be enough to entice Fletcher. He has just a year left on his Manchester United deal and Sir Alex Ferguson will not stand in the way of Fletcher if he decides to follow Phil Neville and Tim Howard to Goodison Park. Neither of those players could assert themselves as first-team regulars with the Red Devils and Neville made a £3.5million switch in 2005 and has since become the Toffees’ captain, while keeper Howard moved in February last year after a season-long loan deal and has become Moyes’ number one.

With Anderson and Nani all set for more prominent roles under Ferguson this season, Fletcher could decide to end his seven-year professional career with the Champions League winners.

A long-term deal worth around £40,000 a week is in the offing at Goodison with Moyes keen to wrap up the deal for Fletcher in time to allow him to train with the squad in Switzerland.

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