Hibs boss: Clarets courting Fletcher
Published : 29 Jun 2009 11:38:36
Reports claim the Clarets are set to make a bid for the highly-rated forward which would be worth £3.5million. Manager Owen Coyle phoned Hughes to inform him of his interest in the player and the Hibs boss will hold talks with club chiefs regarding Fletcher's future on Monday after returning from holiday. "Owen called to give me the heads up that there's an interest there," said Hughes. "He asked me about Fletch and I told him he can compete, he's good in the air, quick and when he gets the ball on that left foot he always hits the target. "Having been travelling on Sunday I need to get up to date not only with what's happening regarding Fletch but a number of things so I'll be meeting the chairman and chief executive today (Monday) to discuss a range of matters." Fletcher, 22, has already expressed an interest in joining forces with former boss Tony Mowbray at Celtic. And, as interest in the Scotland striker continues to grow, he looks increasingly likely to be heading for the exit door this summer. However, Hughes - who replaced Mixu Paatelainen at the helm earlier this month - hopes Fletcher will still be a Hibs player next season. He told scotsman.com: "I am a great admirer of Fletch and I'd love to have the opportunity to work with him. "I am a manager and a coach and I work with the players at my disposal. But I also understand football is a business and Hibs run a very good business."