The transfer of Steven Fletcher to Sunderland looks like it could become a very drawn out process after Wolves Chief Executive, Jez Moxey, hinted that Fletcher isn't for sale.
Speaking with the local press, the clubs chief decision maker said;
We are not getting drawn on offers for players in or out.
Our best players are not for sale; we want to keep them and build the strongest possible team for the season ahead.
We will do everything we can to retain the players we want to keep and continue to look to strengthen with new signings.
A few things seem to come to mind immediately following the statements above. First of all, it seems as though any transfer bid from us this weekend has been turned down, and we'll have to come back with something better to offer the Midlands club.
Secondly, it all seems eerily reminiscent of the transfer of Lee Cattermole. Sunderland fans will recall that Dave Whelan was adamant that his prized midfielder wouldn't leave for anything less than £10m, only for him to arrive at the Stadium Of Light for a fee suggested at being around the £6m mark.
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Thirdly, it could be interpreted a different way entirely. Moxey suggests that none of his star players are for sale, but does he consider Fletcher in that category? We certainly would and many outsiders would, but if there's been a fall out perhaps behind the scenes - and Fletcher missed their last friendly on Saturday - he might be trying to belittle the Scotsman in a round about way.
Fourthly, and it's something I always thought for quite a while anyway but this just reminded me - what sort of grown adult in the business world calls themselves "Jez" anyway? Come on man.
So all in all though, looks like the ball is back in Sunderland's court to make yet another move. Over to you, Ellis.