By Harry Sykes
A tribunal has ruled that West Ham will pay Manchester United a fee of up to £2million for Ashley Fletcher, according to a report.
Sports site Football London claim the Professional Football Compensation Committee has decreed that the Hammers must stump up an initial sum of £1million plus a further £1million if he meets an appearance-related clause in his contract.
It is said that the interest of Leeds when Fletcher left Manchester United last summer could have pushed up the fee for Fletcher, 21.
West Ham have to pay development costs for the striker as he is a product of the United academy and left before the age of 24.
Football London report that the Hammers made their move to sign Fletcher before his contract had expired at Old Trafford last June.
The two Premier League clubs held talks to determine the fee but were unable to reach an agreement, which it was it was left to a tribunal to make the final decision.
Leeds’ interest in the young forward does not appear to have dissipated over the subsequent period as they were said to be keen to solve their absence of back-up with a January swoop.
The Mirror transfer blog (Monday, 7.02pm) claimed the Championship promotion hopefuls were in pole position to land the West Ham fringe forward right up until 24 hours before the window shut.
Fletcher is on the fringes of Bilic’s squad, with only three of his 17 appearances this season coming from the start.
The forward has scored just a single goal to date, against former club United in the League Cup quarter-final.
In other West Ham transfer news, Karren Brady has showered Tottenham with praise for this deal.