Date:Thursday August 2 2012
Realistically Wolves gaffer Ståle Solbakken has probably known all along that he would not get the chance to work with Steven Fletcher for long.
The Scottish striker was always odds-on to leave Molinuex following relegation from the Premier League and only the blindingly optimistic Wolves fan would have thought we stood a chance to hold on to him over the summer.
Sunderland were the first club to show their hand in the chase for Fletcher with a reported £10million bid. A bid that was bang on the money in terms of how much the Independent newspaper thought was our asking price.
Analysing the bid, Burnley are due 15% of any profit Wolves can achieve on a deal to sell the Scottish striker, so after purchasing him for £7million and selling him for around £10million, Burnley would receive £450,000, leaving Wolves with a healthy profit of just over £2.5million.
That said, the £10million bid has apparently been rejected, with some reports suggesting that we have announced a £12million asking price, which seems unlikely but you never know.
With three-years remaining on his contract, we do hold the cards in this deal and can command a fee as high as we think is realistic, which will give Solbakken the best possible chance to replace him with some real quality.
"We`re looking all the time at targets but you don`t replace Fletcher overnight - that`s impossible, No matter what happens, we mustn`t weaken ourselves.' Ståle Solbakken told the E&S.
He continued: "I can`t answer how we do that until September 3. It`s a long, long month now coming up, but at the moment he`s a Wolves player and we`re planning with him.
"Everybody at Wolves wants to keep him. But even Messi has a price.
"He has three years on his contract - that`s how we look at it."
Vital Wolves Comment: If everyone has a price, what should be Steven Fletcher's?
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Date:Thursday August 2 2012
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