West Ham transfers: Sam Allardyce eyes Man United midfielder

Sam Allardyce says West Ham haven't been given permission to speak to Darren Fletcher

Sam Allardyce has confirmed that West Ham United are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher.

The 30-year-old midfielder is the longest-serving Red Devils player in Van Gaal’s current squad, but the Scotland international has struggled to break into the first-team in recent months.

I always think at this stage of the window, if you do get something nailed on you have to take it

Sam Allardyce

Fletcher, who missed almost two years with ulcerative colitis, has been linked with a move in the January transfer window amid reports the Hammers, West Bromwich Albion and Valencia want to sign the Scot.

However, West Ham manager Allardyce revealed that the east London side haven’t been given permission to speak to the five-time Premier League winner – yet.

“We’ve had no permission to speak to Darren Fletcher,” Allardyce told his pre-match media conference on Friday.

“He’s got quite a few clubs interested in him so when he makes his mind up everyone will know.

“I don’t know what the timeline is. If any of the other packages offered to him are accepted then we would accept that.

“Or if they hadn’t made their mind up or were negotiating somewhere else that would be it. We can’t wait forever.

“I always think at this stage of the window, if you do get something nailed on you have to take it because you might end up with nothing if you don’t.”

West Ham are in seventh place in the Premier League, four points behind the Red Devils who occupy the final Champions League spot.

Fletcher will be hoping to make Van Gaal’s starting line-up for their FA Cup fourth-round clash against Cambridge United at Abbey Stadium on Friday night.

The Scot has won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, the FA Cup and two League Cups during a 12-year United career.

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