By Danny Wright
Ashley Fletcher is set to have a medical at Middlesbrough within the new few days ahead of his exit from West Ham, according to a report.
Sky Sports claims on their live transfer blog on Thursday [09:36am] that the Hammers have accepted an offer of £7million for the 21-year-old attacker and as well as having a medical scheduled, he is also set for talks on his personal terms.
News outlet Football.London also reported on Thursday that Slaven Bilic had let Fletcher leave the West Ham pre-season training camp in Germany in order to hold talks with Middlesbrough.
Garry Monk’s men have already spent big this summer in snapping up Britt Assombalonga and Martin Braithewate, however they now look as though they will bolster their front line even more with the capture of Fletcher.
Boro are expected to contend for the Championship title next season following their relegation last time out.
SkyBet currently have them priced 13/2 joint-favourites with Aston Villa to take the second-tier crown by next May.
Fletcher had only penned a four-year contract with the Irons last summer after he signed from Manchester United.
Like most of West Ham 2016 recruits, he endured a difficult season at the London Stadium and only started in two Premier League fixtures throughout the entire duration of the campaign.
The forward’s only goal for the claret and blue came in the EFL Cup when he netted against his former side Man United last year.
Football Insider Verdict
Middlesbrough look like they’re going to be firm favourites to dominate the Championship next season with their additions to the squad. However Fletcher might be moving from one team where he is far down the pecking order to another. Boro already have Assombalonga and Braithewaite in their squad. Both of which are proven at either Championship or top-flight level, so it’s hard to see Fletcher pushing either of them out of Monk’s first-team plans. The £7million-rated youngster does need to leave the London Stadium this summer to ensure his career doesn’t stall, but the Riverside doesn’t seem like the best place for him to go.