Steven Fletcher is said to be travelling to France this afternoon ahead of a proposed transfer to Marseille.
The French giants have been allowed to speak with the Sunderland and Scotland striker about a six-month loan deal, with his contract expiring this summer.
He arrived at The Stadium of Light in the summer of 2012 for a £12 million fee, following the relegation of previous club Wolves, but he failed to hit the heights the club would’ve hoped, scoring 23 league goals in 86 appearances.
Fletcher has fallen out of favour with current Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce, who has played Fletcher just ten times since he took over in early October last year. His last appearance came nearly a month ago in the FA Cup third round away 3-1 defeat at Arsenal.
He had been linked with various moves this month – most notably with Celtic – but it looks like the player, who turns 29 in March, could be heading for pastures new in sunnier climates.
Needless to say, some fans were pretty surprised by his prospective move to Ligue 1…
Steven Fletcher to Marseille? #headsgone
— Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) February 1, 2016
Steven Fletcher, Florian Thauvin and Remy Cabella set to be unleashed in one terrifying frontline at Marseille. Watch out, Ligue 1…
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) February 1, 2016
Steven Fletcher to Marseille would be getting up towards Julien Faubert's move to Real Madrid as far as weird signings go
— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) February 1, 2016
We've fallen so far in 12 months. Bielsa & Payet, to cheap deals, De Ceglie, an absent Diaby and….Steven Fletcher. Let that sink in.
— Mohammed Ali (@mohammedali_93) February 1, 2016
— no1whisky (@no1whisky) February 1, 2016
I hate calling players bluffers but that exactly what Steven Fletcher is
— Marky Baby (@markmurphycork) February 1, 2016
Steven Fletcher to Marseille is up there with one of the weirdest transfers I've seen.. Not exactly an upgrade in term of lifestyle
— Christian Paul. (@cpaul_ffc) February 1, 2016
Steven Fletcher to Marseille is a joke?? #DeadlineDay
— MPL (@LincolnMarco) February 1, 2016
Steven Fletcher to Marseille, his agent must be better than Bendtner's
— Dominick Denis (@DominickDenis_) February 1, 2016
12 years ago marseille had didier drogba. tomorrow they will have steven fletcher leading their line
— Alan Brown (@alanbrowwnn) February 1, 2016
Sunderland "reluctantly" allowing Steven Fletcher to talk to Marseille: pic.twitter.com/IrMmNwiMXN
— Scottish Comedy FC (@ScotComFC) February 1, 2016
What do you think of the transfer?