Steven Fletcher signs for Sheffield Wednesday

The 29-year-old Sunderland striker has turned down numerous offers to join the Owls

Steven Fletcher signs for Sheffield Wednesday
Photo source: The Chronicle

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has decided to join Sheffield Wednesday after being released from the North East club.

The Scotland forward had been linked with a move to Norwich City over the last week but has turned down the recently relegated side. 

Fletcher's contract runs out tomorrow, bringing to an end his four year stint on Wearside.

Norwich interest

It was reported earlier in the week that the Canaries were favourites to sign Fletcher, after offering him a £30,000 a week contract to drop down into the Championship

With star-man Robbie Brady expected to leave the club this window after a fantastic Euro 2016 campaign and Nathan Redmond moving to Southampton for £11m, it is likely Norwich will have a large amount of funds to spend on transfer fees and player wages. 

AEK Athens and Celtic have also been interested in signing player in recent weeks. However, despite these links, Fletcher stated last week that he 'didn't actually know' what his situation was regarding his short-term future.

Fletcher celebrates in France. | Image credit: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
Fletcher celebrates in France. | Image credit: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images

Wednesday seal the deal

Sheffield Wednesday launched a last minute bid to try and tempt the 29-year-old away from a move to Carrow Road. They have offered Fletcher a longer contract, which was key in seeing him opt to sign for Carlos Carvahal's men. 

The Owls look set to bring in a big number of players this summer, as they looked to go one step further than the play-offs this season. 

Sheffield Wednesday have been out of the top flight since 2000 but came very close to returning last season.

Career revival

Fletcher will be hoping the move will rejuvenate his stalling career as of late. He was originally signed for £12m back in 2012 and despite a good start, the goals have dried up lately. 

The forward scored 23 goals in 94 Premier League appearances for Sunderland. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Marseille but failed to earn himself a permanent move to France.