West Ham youngster set to leave
PUBLISHED: 13:30 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:37 27 July 2017
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Hammers striker Ashley Fletcher will have talks with Boro boss Gary Monk about a permanent move to the North East
West Ham striker Ashley Fletcher is set to follow Darren Randolph out of the London Stadium to join Championship side Middlesbrough.
The 21-year-old youngster flew home from the club’s pre-season training camp in Germany to have talks with Boro boss Gary Monk after a fee of £7million was agreed between the two clubs.
The former Manchester United youngster had a very promising first season with West Ham, making a lot more appearances in the first team than he was expecting.
He started his first Premier League match at Manchester City and scored his first goal in claret and blue in the League Cup quarter-final clash against his old team Manchester United.
In all, Fletcher made 20 appearances for the Hammers, starting three games and his future looked a bright one for the Yorkshireman.
But the arrival of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez are likely to mean his chances this season for the Hammers would be limited and though there was a prospect that he could be loaned out for a season, the club have decided on a permanent move with a sell-on clause.
Fletcher needs to agree terms first, but it seems to be indicative of the lack of chances for younger players in the Premier League, not just at West Ham.
Josh Cullen is battling to see if he will figure in the first-team this season, as is Reece Burke and Declan Rice, while Reece Oxford has already been shipped out on loan for the season to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga.
Fletcher may not have been a local lad, but he was an honest, hard-working young pro and it will be a shame to see him leave.
Sofiane Feghouli is also set to leave to join Turkish giants Galatasaray, while West Ham may also let winger Robert Snodgrass leave. The Scot only arrived in January from Hull City.