Reliable journalist: Leeds eye loan move for West Ham attacker
By Tom Blackburn
Leeds have rekindled their interested in Ashley Fletcher after he left Manchester United for West Ham, according to a resliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday night that Leeds want the striker they targeted earlier in the window, on a season long loan.
On a different note, being told that Leeds want striker Ashley Fletcher – a target earlier in summer – on a season-long loan from West Ham.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 18, 2016
The striker joined West Ham on a free transfer from Manchester United in July, after agreeing a four-year contract.
He has since gone on to make his debut with the Hammers, coming off the bench in their 3-0 Europa League qualifying win over NK Domzale at the London Stadium.
The youngster is behind strikers Andy Carroll and Jonathan Calleri in the pecking order at the club.
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However, a recent injury to £20.5million signing Andrew Ayew which will keep him sidelined for four months and doubts surrounding Diafra Sakho’s future could make Fletcher an important squad player in East London.
He spent the second half of the 2015-16 season on loan with Barnsley and scored nine goals in 27 appearances, including the first one as the Tykes secured promotion to the Championship with a 3-1 win against Millwall in the play-off final at Wembley.
Leeds have already signed one striker in Marcus Antonsson this summer, as well as attacking trio Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez.
Boss Garry Monk has made 10 signings since arriving in June, bringing in Luke Ayling, Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes alongside the attackers.
His most recent signings have arrived this week in the shape of Liam Bridcutt and Pontus Jansson, as Leeds search for a way to fix their early season problems.
In other Leeds transfer news, Massimo Cellino plans to make another signing.