By Will Butcher
Leeds are set to face rival interest from Championship outfit Ipswich in their bid to sign West Ham forward Ashley Fletcher, according to a report.
Fletcher, 21, is believed to be available for loan from the Hammers, with the likes of Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew, Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri all considered above him in the pecking order.
Read West Ham have reported that Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy watched the striker play for West Ham’s reserve side on Monday evening.
Fletcher scored a goal and added an assist in the 2-1 victory over West Brom’s Under-23s, and it is understood that McCarthy is considering a January loan move for the youngster.
Fletcher joined the East London outfit on a four-year contract earlier this year as one of the Hammers 11 summer signings.
Slaven Bilic’s side opted to move for the highly-rated forward after he scored eight goals in 16 starts on loan for League One outfit Barnsley, as they gained promotion to the Championship last term.
With Ayew, Carroll and Sakho all out injured at the start of the season, Fletcher was thrown in at the deep end for the Hammers. In his eight league and cup appearances, the striker faced Manchester City, Southampton and Watford.
Leeds signed one striker in Marcus Antonsson in the summer, but he has yet to make an impact for Garry Monk’s side.
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