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New West Ham signing sets targets for next season

By Harvey Byrne

New signing Ashley Fletcher hopes to break into the West Ham first team this season after scoring on his debut in a friendly on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old forward rose to meet fellow newcomer Domingos Quina’s cross during the 2-2 draw in Austria against FC Slovacko .

Fletcher arrived from Manchester United on a free transfer earlier in July to become Slaven Bilic’s seventh signing of the current transfer window.

“It’s a target for me to try and break into that squad. Like I say, it’s a very talented squad, and all I can do is keep trying to impress the manager and the coaching staff and keep trying to score goals,” the young forward told the official West Ham website.

“My aim has to be to break into the team. It is a very talented team and one that is going to be competing at the top of the Premier League, so for me it will be vital to keep showing myself I can do it.”

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The 20-year-old hopes to follow in some illustrious footsteps in east London.

In the last 15 years West Ham have produced a long list of England international including Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Jermain Defoe, Joe Cole, Glen Johnson and Michael Carrick.

Fletcher was a free agent after rejecting a new contract offer from United and without making a senior appearance for the Premier League giants.

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.

The 20-year-old becomes Slaven Bilic’s seventh signing of the summer following the arrivals of Gokhan Tore, Sofiane Feghouli, Toni Martinez, Havard Nordtveit and Domingos Quina.

In other West Ham team news, Mario Mandzukic has become the latest big-name striker targeted by Slaven Bilic to fill the void at the Hammers.