Manchester United are said to be on the verge of agreeing a deal for Darren Fletcher to join West Ham on loan, according to latest reports.
When asked about the future of the player in Manchester United’s weekly press conference the manager, Louis van Gaal, was non-committal. He is quoted by The Manchester Evening News as saying:
“You are not sure,” he said. “Because it’s the transfer month, so you never know.”
And The Daily Mail reports this afternoon:
West Ham United poised to sign Darren Fletcher on loan
West Ham United are close to securing Manchester United outcast Darren Fletcher on loan for the rest of the season.
But West Brom manager Tony Pulis has said that he is also interested in the player. The Daily Star reports:
Pulis added: “I think Darren is talking to three or four other clubs as well.
“We have shown an interest. The lad has got to sit down and make a decision.”
These quotes would suggest that United are prepared to let him go and, one way or another, a deal is imminent.
With all this money seemingly sloshing about at the club big signings are expected now or in the summer. But it’s easy to forget that Manchester United have a very big squad of players already. In order to mould the team to Louis van Gaal’s liking they will have to offload at least half a dozen more players this January and in the summer.
Fletcher is one of those who isn’t getting game time at Manchester United and doesn’t look to have much of a future at the club. He has battled back from a life threatening illness and now he needs game time to get his career back on track. He may well see West Ham as a viable option for some regular starts. But, given West Ham’s superb form this season, his place in the starting line up certainly isn’t a given.
Let’s take a look at him in action. West Ham fans: is this a good buy?