West Brom offer captain Darren Fletcher - a free agent this summer - new two-year contract

John Percy
A weekend return to Old Trafford would represent Fletcher's 83rd-consecutive league start - Reuters

West Brom have offered captain Darren Fletcher a new two-year contract, ahead of his return to former club Manchester United on Saturday.

Fletcher is a free agent in the summer but Albion have moved to keep the influential Scotland international by offering him a new deal.

The 33-year-old is considering his next move, with other offers from clubs in the Premier League, Spain and the MLS, but could extend his stay at the Hawthorns for another two seasons.

Fletcher has been a revelation since joining Albion in January 2016 and is line to make his 83rd consecutive league start at Old Trafford after making a full recovery from ulcerative colitis, the chronic bowel disease which threatened early retirement.

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At United he took an extended break from the game in December 2011 before an operation in January 2013.

But he has been an ever-present for Pulis this season and the Welshman is desperate for Fletcher to stay.

“I’m hoping I’ll get more out of him. He’s been fantastic after the condition he had and what he went through,” he said.

“We’re delighted we’ve given him that opportunity here because he has certainly repaid it hand over fist.

“Darren is a senior player and the course of getting stuff sorted out will be between Darren and the financial people at this club. Everyone wants him to stay and he knows that.”

 

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