Reliable journalist provides fascinating update on Leeds pursuit of Ashley Fletcher

By Alex Stevens

West Ham will make a decision on whether to sell Ashley Fletcher in the January window after they have made some new signings of their own, according to a reliable journalist.

Transfer expert Alan Nixon made the fascinating revelation as he provided an update on Leeds’ pursuit of the Hammers striker.

The Sun claimed on Monday that the Yorkshire giants have opened talks with West Ham over a deal to sign Fletcher next month.

Manager Garry Monk revealed last week that he is “definitely” in the market for a forward in the January window as he looks for cover for leading scorer Chris Wood.

Responding to a question from a Leeds fans on his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning, Nixon explained that the Championship club are resting on their hopes on West Ham being willing to play ball on a deal.

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The well connected Sun journalist, who has a weekly transfer column in the newspaper, explained that West Ham “have a few things on first” before giving the green light for Fletcher to leave.

Nixon reported that Slaven Bilic’s side will “bring one or two [new signings] in and then decide” whether the summer signing can move to a new club.

Fletcher is a product of the fabled United youth system but did not make a single appearance for the senior team before letting his contract run down to leave his boyhood club in July.

He was the subject of strong interest from top flight and lower league clubs after catching the eye of scouts with his on-loan displays for Barnsley in their charge from League One to the Championship at the end of last season.

Fletcher scored nine goals in 26 matches for the Tykes, including in the play-off final, to seal their passage to the second tier.

The 21-year-old has found chances hard to come by at West Ham, but has made 13 appearances and has been a regular member of the matchday squad.

Fletcher has scored just the single Hammers goal to date, against Manchester United in the League Cup.

Monk revealed last week that he wants to buy a new striker next month and reinforce an attack that is currently overly reliant on Wood, who has scored 14 goals this season, 11 of which have come in the league.

The club’s next top marksmen are Wood’s fellow strikers Souleymane Doukara and Marcus Antonsson, who have each scored three goals in all competitions.

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