By Alex Stevens
Ashley Fletcher is set to join Leeds from West Ham on loan in the next 48 hours, according to a report.
The Mail claim the Premier League striker will make a move from the London Stadium to Elland Road before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday night.
It is said that Leeds “expect” the deal to go through after Dimitri Payet’s move from West Ham to Marseille on Sunday freed up funds for Slaven Bilic to sign a big-money striker.
West Ham want to first complete the purchase of forward Scott Hogan from Brentford after holding extensive talks in recent weeks.
This will allow Manchester United academy product Fletcher to leave east London for the remainder of the season.
The Mail report he is attracted at the possibility of playing for a club of Leeds’ standing as well as playing a part in their bid to return to the top flight after 13 years in the doldrums.
Fletcher, 21, has been on the fringes of the West Ham team since joining last summer on a free transfer, most 13 of his 16 appearances coming as a substitute.
However, Leeds could miss out on another principal January target, the Norwich winger Sergi Canos.
The former Liverpool man is expected to return to Brentford as they prepare to dip into a portion of the windfall from the sale of Hogan to West Ham.
Leeds have not yet signed any new players in the January window and Garry 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.