Date: 4th August 2020 at 7:14am
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Celtic have been in talks with Steven Fletcher’s agent according to a report in the Daily Record.

The Scotland striker is a free agent with Neil Lennon going public with his wish to bring in a new frontman.

Fletcher’s contract at Sheffield Wednesday expired last month, after scoring 13 goals in 24 appearances last season for The Owls he won’t be short of offers from Championship clubs.

The 33-year-old left Hibs for Burnley in 2009 for a decade on the circuit in England broken by a four month stint with Marseilles.

Tam McManus was first to link his former Hibs team-mate with a move to Celtic with the Record reporting:

Celtic have made it clear they will not be dragged into a bidding war for veteran Scotland striker Steven Fletcher.

Record Sport can reveal the 33-year-old’s name has made it onto a list of potential attacking options as manager Neil Lennon attempts to beef up his strike force for the push towards 10 In A Row – and that initial talks between the club and Fletcher’s agent have already taken place.

But while Lennon is an admirer of the experienced frontman he is in no rush to match the long-term offers that Fletcher has already received four from clubs at the top end of the English Championship following his decision to turn down a new deal at Sheffield Wednesday.

With fringe man Vakoun Bayo set to leave the champions on a season long loan deal, however, Lennon is keen to bring in at least one new striker this summer and Peterborough United’s Ivan Toney and West Ham’s Albian Ajeti are also in his sights.

Fletcher’s physical presence and ability to link play up looks to be a good fit for Neil Lennon’s squad but if he is looking for the biggest pay day he is likely to find a Championship club with money to burn.

At Sheffield Wednesday Fletcher was reported to be on £30,000 a week but was some distance behind top earner Jordan Rhodes on £40,000 which gives an idea of the pay levels in the second tier of English football.

Next season Wednesday will start with a 12 point penalty for breaking Financial Fair Play.