Announcement due in July as Manchester United close in on another deal

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Darren Fletcher is in line for a return to Manchester United as part of the club’s restructure.

It is understood Fletcher, 33, attended a high-profile meeting earlier this week as a guest in anticipation of his appointment. The likelihood is Fletcher could sit on an advisory panel to establish transfer targets and take decisions on internal players’ futures.

United are said to be looking to create a ‘transfer committee’ that could feature former players Darren Fletcher, Rio Ferdinand and Nicky Butt in what is described as a ‘desperate bid’ to give structure to the club’s recruitment policy and stop flop signings.

The proposed new system could potentially be similar to the one employed at fierce north west rivals Liverpool, where sporting director Michael Edwards, head of recruitment Dave Fallows and goalkeeping coach John Achteberg work together alongside Jurgen Klopp.

Fletcher’s playing contract with Stoke City is due end on June 30 and any announcement on his proposed return to United could be delayed until early July. The Scot left United for West Brom in January 2015, having spent 12 years in the first-team squad at Old Trafford.



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