Garry Monk has denied claims he tried to sign Steven Fletcher when the Sheffield Wednesday striker was at Sunderland.
Monk inherited Fletcher on taking the Wednesday manager’s job earlier this month and watched him score the first goal of his Hillsborough reign in Sunday’s win at Huddersfield Town.
Shortly after his appointment, reports that the then-Swansea City boss had considered a £4 million bid for the Scotland international four years earlier [Daily Mirror] resurfaced online.
But when asked at Friday’s press conference whether there was any truth to the rumour, Monk told the official Sheffield Wednesday Facebook page: “I could never afford that! No.”
Fletcher left Sunderland for free at the end of that season, the second half of which he spent on loan to Marseille, signing a four-year deal at Sheffield Wednesday.
And it is in the final one-and-a-half of those that the 32-year-old has shown arguably his best form for the Owls.
Of the 27 Championship goals Fletcher has scored since arriving at Hillsborough, 12 have come this calendar year (from 26 games altogether).
But Monk has stressed that “a lot more is needed from all of them (his strikers)” – despite another of those, Sam Winnall, having joined Fletcher on the scoresheet at Huddersfield.
“I’ve played against Fletch – I’m not that old,” added the Sheffield Wednesday manager. “I did manage to play a few games against him. Since coming into management I’ve seen a lot of Fletch – and all of them.”
Fletcher revealed earlier this year that he was en route to sign for Norwich City at the end of his Sunderland contract, but a phone call from Barry Bannan convinced him to become an Owls player.