English Soccer – West Ham enters race to sign Fletcher

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Sam Allardyce has confirmed his club West Ham have joined Premier League rivals West Brom in the race to sign Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher. Allardyce confirmed on Friday that Boleyn Ground officials had registered an interest in the out-of-favour 30-year-old with their Old Trafford counterparts and they are now waiting on a decision. It follows head coach Tony Pulis revealing on Thursday that West Brom had also entered the race to take the Scotland midfielder to The Hawthorns.

Fletcher has only started five games under new manager Louis van Gaal and the former Netherlands coach recently refused to rule out the prospect of the Scotland captain ending his long association with the former champions. Allardyce told reporters at his press conference: “Darren Fletcher has got several clubs interested in him, so it is up to him where he wants to go.”

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West Ham travel to Ashton Gate on Sunday to take on League One promotion-hopefuls Bristol City in the FA Cup fourth round and Allardyce has promised to send out his strongest side possible. “I don’t have a problem playing my full strength team as we’ve got a full week until our next league game,” he added. “We put a lot of energy into the Everton tie, over two games, so we don’t want that to be in vain. We want to win on Sunday.”

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West Ham are currently priced 16/1 by bet365 to win the season’s FA Cup and quoted 11/2 to secure a top-six finish in the Premier League.
 

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