Scotland striker Steven Fletcher keen on permanent move to Marseille



Scotland striker Steven Fletcher admits he is hoping to land a permanent deal at Marseille.

The 28-year-old joined the Ligue 1 outfit on loan from Sunderland on transfer deadline day and became the first Scot to play in the French top-flight since John Collins 18 years ago when he made his debut as a substitute in Sunday’s defeat to PSG.

Fletcher scored five goals for Sunderland this season

The 25-times capped marksman looks to have played his last game for the Black Cats, with his contract at the Stadium of Light due to expire this summer and Fletcher admits a long-term switch to France appeals to him.

Fletcher said: “I’m in a situation with my contract where I’m up in the summer at Sunderland.

“I have the opportunity to come over here on loan for the remainder of the season and it’s a great opportunity for me to show what I can do.

“If I can impress at Marseille and they offer me a contract, then that would be fantastic for myself.

“I have to obviously work hard on the pitch, that’s the main thing.”

Fletcher is also undergoing French lessons to give himself the best possible of chance of settling both on and off the pitch.

He added: “I’m trying to learn French and I will try and adapt very quickly.

“In Sunderland we have a lot of nationalities so it has been easy for me.”