Cellino eyes stunning move for Manchester United striker after personal Leeds scouting mission - report
By Coral Barry
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has been convinced to move for Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher after watching him play, according to a report.
The Italian owner appointed Garry Monk last week as the new Leeds manager and is now looking to hand him his first signing with Fletcher high on his agenda.
Fletcher starred in Barnsley’s League One play-off triumph last week and The Sun claim Cellino is eager to bring the youngster to Elland Road.
The 20-year-old is reportedly keen to continue his development and has ruled out a return to Barnsley because he wants to play in the Championship.
Fletcher spent the second half of the season with the League One side and scored an impressive nine goals in 31 appearances in all competition, as well as adding five assists.
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Cellino is thought to be open to a loan move or a permanent deal for Fletcher, but wants him at Elland Road next season either way after witnessing him score a second minute opener in the play-off final.
The goal sent Barnsley on their way to a 3-1 win against Millwall and despite his excellent form, Fletcher is not expected to be able to force his way into United’s first-team plans.
Teen sensation Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are all vying for the front spot at Old Trafford and megastar Zlatan Ibrahimovic is close to joining them.
Signing a goalscorer from United, even on loan, would represent a huge coup for Leeds, especially as their strikers struggled to score goals in the recently completed domestic campaign.