By Wayne Veysey

4th Jan, 2017 | 10:00am

Reliable journalist delivers fascinating Leeds striker update that will thrill fans

By Alex Stevens

Ashley Fletcher is keen on joining Leeds from West Ham during the January transfer window, according to a reliable journalist.

Sun correspondent Alan Nixon took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to deliver a fascinating update on the Yorkshire giants’ pursuit of the striker.

Nixon revealed on his personal Twitter account that Fletcher is “happy” to make the move to Elland Road if the two clubs can strike a deal.

The update from the reliable Nixon, who has a transfer column in the Sun, will thrill Leeds fans who are keen for the club to strengthen their squad and maintain what has been an against-the-odds promotion challenge.

Manager Garry Monk has transformed the fortunes of a team that finished 13th last season and made a profit in the summer market as 11 new signings arrived on a shoestring budget.

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But Monk and his assistant Pep Clotet have already showed they are shrewd judges of talent and able to recruit players who will improve the team.

The likes of Luke Ayling, Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley, Hadi Sacko, Pablo Hernandez, Eunan O’Kane and Kemar Roofe have all made a major impact for the Championship’s fifth placed side.

Monk revealed on Monday that Leeds are in the market for two new players in the January window as he also emphatically dismissed the possibility of any senior men leaving the club.

The manager had previously said that he is “definitely” in the market for a forward this month to share some of the goalscoring burden with 16-goal lead man Chris Wood.

The club’s next top marksman is centre-back Kyle Bartley, who scored his fourth goal in all competitions on Monday as Leeds brushed aside Rotherham with a 3-0 win.

The Sun claimed last month that the Championship big hitters have opened talks with West Ham over a deal to sign Manchester United youth product Fletcher.

The 21-year-old has found starts hard to come by at the London Stadium despite the club’s chronic shortage of a reliable goalscorer, but has made 14 appearances and has been a regular member of the matchday squad.

Fletcher, who scored nine goals while on loan at Barnsley in League One last season, has scored just the single Hammers goal to date, against Manchester United in the League Cup.

The striker has been an unused substitute in West Ham’s last two matches, including in Monday’s 2-0 defeat to United.

In other Leeds news, the club are in talks to sign a £2million Premier League striker.