By Alex Stevens
Leeds fans have reacted with delight on Twitter after Garry Monk reportedly opened talks with West Ham over a deal to sign Ashley Fletcher.
The Yorkshire giants were strongly linked with a swoop for the former Manchester United striker during the summer window but lost out to the Hammers in the race.
The Sun claimed on Monday that Leeds have reignited their pursuit of the 21-year-old as they aim to land a forward in January to provide cover and competition for leading scorer Chris Wood.
It is reported that a fee has not yet been agreed between the two clubs but West Ham could ask for around £2m for the player.
Leeds fans are salivating at the prospect of the mobile, young striker linking up with an in-form team that has climbed to fifth in the Championship.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Imagine a front 4 of Gradel Wood Fletcher Sacko… Jesus Christ #lufc
— Pontus? (@BatesyLufc) December 19, 2016
Permanent bid for Ashley Fletcher, doubt West Ham will go for that! #lufc
— Irish_Leeds (@Irish_Leeds) December 19, 2016
Fletcher turned us down to go to West Ham 6 months ago. No way we’d pay £2m for him. #LUFC
— Distracted Leeds (@DistractedLeeds) December 19, 2016
Fletcher or Rhodes. New vs Old. Promise vs experience. Tough one, but I’ll go Fletcher please. Or both, if we’re being adventurous. #lufc
— AndyD69 (@AndyD_69) December 19, 2016
I’d love to see Leeds sign one of Fletcher, Rhodes Bamford! Probably won’t get any but one of those would be great!
— Andrew Durant (@Duzzer_lufc) December 19, 2016
— Jack (@jackclark_07) December 19, 2016
Fletcher is a product of the United youth system but did not play for the senior team and opted to run down his contract and quit Old Trafford in the summer.
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 has followed that up with 13 senior appearances for West Ham, netting on one occasion to date.
In other Leeds transfer news, these are the first two signings that incoming new owner Andrea Radrizzani will make in the January transfer window.