Sunderland are keeping patient over their pursuit of Wolves striker Steven Fletcher.

The Journal says the relegated club are making bullish noises behind-the-scenes about not wanting to let Fletcher leave but know their hand would be forced if he asked to leave.

That remains an option, but Fletcher sent a tongue-in-cheek Tweet which read: "I ain't put no transfer request in - only request I have put in just now was for a side of fries with my chicken wrap at the pool."