By Russell Edge

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has said that Middlesbrough’s offer for striker Ashley Fletcher was too good to resist ahead of his exit.

The 21-year-old is set for a permanent move to the Championship side, with Sky Sports reporting that he is set for a medical and discussions on personal terms ahead of a £7million transfer.

Fletcher only joined the Hammers last summer, but his manager at the London Stadium insists that Boro’s offer for the youngster was too good to turn down.

Speaking in a press conference on Thursday, he was quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “He got a fantastic offer last night.

“Ideally I wanted to have a different scenario but the offer was so good and I told him to be proud.”

Middlesbrough have already brought in Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest and Martin Braithwaite from Toulouse to bolster their forward line, and it appears that Fletcher will be the latest addition to Garry Monk’s strike force.

West Ham have also invested in their attack this summer, with Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic both arriving through the doors at the London Stadium to add to a squad including Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho.

Fletcher failed to usurp those ahead of him in the pecking order after arriving on a free transfer from Manchester United last summer, making just two starts in his 20 appearances across all competitions.

In other West Ham news, this attacker has hit back at criticism from his former club.

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