Burnley Facing Battle to Keep Fletcher

Sam RobertsCorrespondent IMay 17, 2010

BURNLEY, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 25:   Steven Fletcher of Burnley tangles with Jamie Carragher of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Liverpool at Turf Moor on April 25, 2010 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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One bright spot in Burnley's miserable debut season in the Premier League was the form of frontman Steven Fletcher, but the Clarets now face a battle to hang on to the Scottish forward.


The 23-year-old fired eight league goals and was named player of the year at Turf Moor but he couldn't stop Brian Laws' men being relegated back into the Championship.


Fletcher has been a real hit in the top flight and his goal tally was no mean feat when you consider he was part of a team that struggled to come to terms with life in the Premier League.


While others looked out of their depth, Fletcher impressed. His hold-up play and aerial power caught the eye of several potential suitors. For their part, the Clarets will be hoping he stays to boost Burnley's Champinonship betting odds. 


He has proved to be a bargain after arriving from Hibernian last summer for £3 million. It was then that Burnley chief Owen Coyle signed Fletcher. Coyle, who is now boss at Bolton, is just one of several top-flight managers keeping track of the striker.

The Wolves are also on the hunt for a strike partner for Kevin Doyle, while Birmingham is also desperate to strengthen their forward line after they decided against buying loanee Christian Benitez.


Burnley boss Brian Laws is keen to hang on to Fletcher and the Clarets are under no pressure to sell their prize asset thanks to the parachute payments they will receive from their time in the Premier League, but if a £6 million bid is tabled they might just cash in on the striker.