By Alex Stevens

Leeds are trying to sign Ashley Fletcher for the third time, according to a reliable journalist.

Transfer expert Alan Nixon made the fascinating revelation as he provided an update on the Championship club’s pursuit of the West Ham striker.

The Sun claimed on Monday on Monday that Leeds have opened talks with the Premier League outfit over a deal to take Fletcher to Elland Road in the January window.

Responding to a question from a Leeds fans on his personal Twitter account, Nixon explained that Leeds will “find out soon” from West Ham if a deal is possible.

The Sun journalist, who has a weekly transfer column in the newspaper, also explained that it is the third time Garry Monk has tried to land Fletcher after making an initial attempt when he was still at Manchester United earlier in the summer and a second go after he joined the Hammers.

Fletcher is a product of the fabled United youth system but did not make a single senior appearance for the senior team before snubbing a new contract offer to leave his boyhood club in July.

He was the subject of strong interest from top flight and lower league clubs after catching the eye of scouts with his on-loan displays for Barnsley in their charge from League One to the Championship.

Fletcher scored nine goals in 26 matches for the Tykes and scored in the play-off final to seal their passage to the second tier.

The 21-year-old has found chances hard to come by at West Ham, but has made 13 appearances and has been a regular member of the matchday squad.

Fletcher has scored just the single Hammers goal to date, against Manchester United in the League Cup.

Monk revealed last week that he is in the market to buy a new striker in the January window as he looks for cover for 14-goal leading scorer Chris Wood.

In other Leeds news, the club are in talks to sign a £2million Premier League striker.