Villa rival Sunderland for striker
Sunderland have been joined by Aston Villa the race for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher but the Black Cats remain favourites.
Wolves have denied they have accepted a £12million bid for striker Fletcher however, it is understood the two clubs are locked in talks over the 25-year-old Scotland international, who has handed in a transfer request at Molineux.
Fletcher is Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill's number one target this summer. but the deal is proving difficult to tie down as Wolves show little sign of compromise.
Wolves' chief executive Jez Moxey told the Express and Star: "Rumours that we have accepted a bid from Sunderland are incorrect.
"They want the player, but we haven't accepted anything."
Sunderland are keen to bolster their striking options, with manager Martin O'Neill having seen Nicklas Bendtner return to Arsenal following his loan spell and Asamoah Gyan complete a permanent switch to United Arab Emirates club Al-Ain.
Fletcher did not want to force his release from Wolves but he is keen to get back to the Premier League and would like a deal done as soon as possible.