Transfer news: West Ham enter race to sign Manchester United's Darren Fletcher

ANN ARBOR, MI - AUGUST 01:  Darren Fletcher of Manchester United in action during an open training session
Image: Darren Fletcher: Could leave Old Trafford this month, with West Ham and Valencia keen.

West Ham have joined Valencia in the race to sign Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, according to Sky sources.

Fletcher, 30, has six months remaining on his deal at United but has struggled for game time under Louis van Gaal and is believed to be ready to consider ending his 19-year association with the club.

After starting the first three league games of the season, he has since largely been restricted to sporadic appearances from the bench, making his last start in the 2-0 FA Cup win at Yeovil earlier this month.

And with more arrivals expected at United, if not this month then in the summer, he is likely to get even fewer first-team opportunities. 

West Brom had a bid to take Fletcher on loan for the rest of the season rejected last week.

A one-club man, the Scotland international has been at Old Trafford since the age of 11 and has made 223 appearances since signing his first professional contract in 2001.

He was diagnosed with chronic bowel disease ulcerative colitis in 2011 and made only one start for United in the final two months of the 2010-11 season.

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He appeared just 10 times during the following campaign, confirming in December 2011 he would take an extended break from the game before undergoing surgery in January 2013 and finally returning to action in December that year.

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