The Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has ruled out a move for Steven Fletcher.
Fletcher left Sheffield Wednesday at the end of his contract last month and remains a free agent.
Despite his premature exit, 33-year-old ended the campaign as Wednesday’s top scorer with 13 goals.
And several Championship and Scottish Premiership clubs have been credited with an interest in adding Fletcher to their squads in the summer transfer window.
It was suggested at the weekend that Fletcher has recently relocated back to his native Scotland.
Have it on good authority that Steven Fletcher is very keen on a move to Celtic. Just moved back up here and bought a place in Glasgow. 33 but great pro/fit as a fiddle. Available on a free. Wages wouldn’t be an issue. Surely would do job at Parkhead even as cover for Edouard?
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) July 25, 2020
But asked if Aberdeen are among those trying to sign him, McInnes said, as quoted by Edinburgh Live.
We couldn’t afford Steven Fletcher. He’s a free agent but can still command a salary way above anything that anyone here gets.
We are restricted financially as a club and are restricted in terms of options because in England half the country hasn’t kicked a ball since March and a lot of the Championship and Premier League clubs are in no rush to do deals for their younger ones.
They’ve just knocked off and are getting ready for a break, so it’s tough to get someone in, but we will try to carry on with that.
McInnes’s Celtic counterpart Neil Lennon was coy on his side’s alleged pursuit of Fletcher when quizzed on the matter earlier this week.
But amid reports on Thursday that the Bhoys are set to miss on the capture of West Ham striker Albian Ajeti to West Brom, it is possible we’ll see the former Sheffield Wednesday star move further up Lennon’s list of options.
Fletcher is rumoured to have earned around £30,000-a-week at Wednesday.