Wolves join Leeds in race to land Premier League striker - report
By Alex Stevens
Wolves have joined Leeds in the race to sign Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher, according to a report.
The 20-year-old is weighing up the offer of a new contract from the Premier League giants after an impressive loan spell at Barnsley in the recently completed domestic season.
Fletcher scored seven goals in 23 league appearances as the Tykes secured promotion via the League One play-offs and the Yorkshire side are keen on bring him back to Oakwell.
Sky Sports, citing the Daily Star, claim Wolves are now ready to battle Leeds and Barnsley for the signing of the young striker.
As reported by Football Insider, citing the Yorkshire Evening Post, Fletcher is regarded as priority target by Leeds.
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The forward is reportedly keen to continue his development by playing regular first-team football.
He signed professional forms at Old Trafford in 2014 but has yet to appear in a competitive game for his parent club.
Talking to the Manchester United website, Fletcher noted the rise of fellow youngster Marcus Rashford and confessed he still dreams of playing for the Red Devils.
“Hopefully, when I go back I’ll get my chance in the future,” Fletcher said. “That’s the ultimate goal – playing for Manchester United.”
Leeds are in the market for strikers after averaging just over a goal a game during the recent Championship season. Mirco Antenucci, who finished the term as second highest goalscorer with nine to his name, was released by the club last month.
Owner Massimo Cellino is thought to be open to a loan move or a permanent deal for Fletcher, but wants him at Elland Road next season either way after witnessing him score a second minute opener in the play-off final.