West Ham have striker bid accepted - report
By Harry Sykes
West Ham have agreed to pay Manchester United £1million for striker Ashley Fletcher, according to a report.
The Mirror claim the two Premier League clubs have finally struck a deal for the fee that will be paid for the 21-year-old.
It is said that the transfer was set to be decided by a tribunal but that will not now be the case after West Ham made a new bid that was accepted by United.
Fletcher was a free agent when he joined West Ham last summer immediately after his Manchester United contract had expired.
It was a bold move by the young forward to cut his ties with the Premier League giants, who had offered him a new deal.
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United are entitled to compensation costs for developing Fletcher, and the fee would have have been decided by an independent tribunal had the two clubs not come to an agreement.
Fletcher was strongly linked with a move to Leeds both last summer and again in the January window, but the Championship club missed out.
The Mirror transfer blog (Monday, 7.02pm) claimed Leeds were in pole position to land the West Ham fringe forward right up until 24 hours before the window shut.
Fletcher is on the fringes of Bilic’s squad, with only three of his 17 appearances this season coming from the start.
The forward has scored just a single goal to date, against former club United in the League Cup quarter-final.
He did not even make the matchday squad for Wednesday’s 3-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have all but signed a brilliant Premier League performer in their first signing of the summer window.