By Alex Stevens
Ashley Fletcher is reportedly only hours from joining Leeds – and fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight at his imminent arrival.
The Mail claim the Premier League striker, 21, will transfer from east London to the Championship big hitters in the next 48 hours.
It is reported that Fletcher will join before the transfer window cut-off on Tuesday night and that it will be a loan deal that runs for the remainder of the season.
This comes just two days after Leeds completed the sale of midfielder Alex Mowatt to Barnsley.
The 21-year-old moved to the Tykes for a fee of around £500,000 after agreeing a two-and-a-half year contract that runs until the summer of 2019.
Mowatt’s exit prompted mixed reactions from Leeds fans, who are more upbeat about the likely signing of Fletcher.
However, some fans are calling for more signings to revamp Garry Monk’s squad in the next two days.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Not good enough if we only get Ashley Fletcher!! Need another 2!!! I bet he won’t even be with view to permanent #LUFC
— Glynn Williams (@GlynnTQ) January 29, 2017
Mail reporting Fletcher on loan is close? Well, it would be a start. #lufc
— Lee Thurston (@leedeetee) January 29, 2017
— Tom Banks (@tombanksUK) January 29, 2017
I don’t get signing fletcher and don’t think it will happen. He will wanna start and he’s not getting past wood? #lufc
— Andrew simpson (@daddyofIrisLeo) January 29, 2017
Be happy with Alfonso and Fletcher after the worrying comments of Monk earlier #lufc
— markcally (@markcally8) January 29, 2017
Pedraza and Fletcher to come in and then it’s hello top 6 come May #lufc
— Armo? (@Jordan_Armo) January 29, 2017
Pedraza and Fletcher could make a big difference and give us the boost we need but I’d like a third signing maybe a perm deal #lufc
— Ryan Pinnick (@RPlufc93) January 30, 2017
Fletcher is a product of the fabled Manchester United academy and moved to West Ham last summer after his contract had expired at Old Trafford.
He has made 16 senior appearances for the Hammers but has been on the fringes of the side, making only three starts for the London club.
Leeds have not yet signed any new players in the January window and Monk made the case for reinforcements following Sunday’s humiliating FA Cup exit to non-league Sutton United.
In other Leeds news, there has been a finale in a major deal after a £7million Leeds bid was tabled.