By Aramide Oladipo

Ashley Fletcher has completed a move away from West Ham United to join Middlesborough on a permanent deal, it has been confirmed.

The 21-year-old striker has signed for the Championship side for a fee of £6.5million and he has put pen to paper on a four-year contract at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesborough confirmed the news on their official website and their official Twitter account on Friday morning.

The East London club also wished the youngster the best in his football career on their official Twitter account.

The striker moved to the London Stadium on a free transfer last summer from Manchester United but he failed to make the desired impact at West Ham.

Fletcher only managed to feature in 16 Premier League matches last season and his only goal for the club came in the 4-1 EFL Cup defeat at the hands of his former club at Old Trafford.

Although he has not played a single match in the second tier of English football, Middlesborough manager Garry Monk will be hopeful that Fletcher can form a great partnership with new recruit Britt Assombalonga next season.

Middlesborough will surely be one of the favourites to secure promotion straight back to the Premier League next season.

Football Insider verdict

This is a great piece of business from both clubs. West Ham have recently completed the signing of Mexican international Javier Hernandez which would have meant that Fletcher would not have enjoyed much first-team football next season. The Hammers have managed to receive over £6.5million for a fringe player and if necessary, they could use this money to make more additions this summer. Middlesborough have gained a young player who will be determined to prove his worth in the upcoming campaign and demonstrate that he has the ability to shine when given a regular run in the starting line-up. 

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