West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher to Upton Park, according to Darren Lewis of The Mirror.

The Hammers’ search for a striker has been far-reaching and well publicised, with deals for Galatasaray’s Burak Yilmaz and Fenerbahce’s Emmanuel Emenike widely reported.

However, it appears that they could be looking closer to home for a potential forward, with Fletcher being mooted as a potential target.

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The Scottish international has scored four times in 16 Premier League games this season but has been an unused substitute in Sunderland’s last four league games, a run that could see him look for a move.

Sam Allardyce has preferred to use Jermain Defoe as a lone striker in recent weeks, so Fletcher’s opportunities have been limited. It is not guaranteed that he’d get game time at West Ham, but the chance to be part of a European push rather than a relegation fight could appeal to him

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