Middlesbrough are said to have entered the race to land Ashley Fletcher from West Ham new reports claim today.
With the arrival of Javier Hernandez and Diafra Sakho said to be 100% fit Fletcher was expected to go out on loan this season to get some game time. Those who want him on loan are said to include Brighton, Huddersfield, Watford, Reading, Wolves and Leeds.
Fletcher moved to West Ham last summer after his contract ran out at Manchester United for compensation of around £1m.
Now it is claimed Boro want the Hammers 21 year old on a permanent deal and are ready to offer up to £7m and hope that will give them the edge in the battle for his signature.
The youngster made 20 appearances last season for the Hammers but only started in two Premier League games. West Ham may be reluctant to sell but could well insist on a sell on clause and/or a buyback clause to reduce the risk of letting him go.
If he has to go out I hope it is only a loan move as it would be a huge mistake to let him go. He is definitely one for our future and it would make more sense for him to hone his skills by watching/learning from the ‘now’ players we have got in.
loan or BBC , sounds like a plan that will be good for the lad 🙂 he needs to play 🙂
Unless we have some new irons in the fire i would be inclined to keep him.Bring in another forward (loan of cash) then let that useless disintrested sack of cash Carroll carry on globetrotting to all his favourite night time haunts.He has taken the **** out of us all for long enough
Loan OR cash.
I think he should be loaned not sold also if the club want to plan for the future and believe he will be good enough then there is no point selling him.
Buying old players and selling young players is pretty worrying .
Bit like George best keV ! When he was asked where did it all go wrong 😂😂😂👙💰🗽👑
Yep I’ve got a new tablet 😂 its like alladins cave on steroids 😂
Everything seems to be worrying in your world Kevin.You really wanted Chicharito,he is 29.But now it is worrying?!?!?
Arnie was 28 in April,Chicharito 29 in June,Hart 30 in April.They are hardly old Kevin so i dont get your point really sorry.
The only time i worry about a youngster being sold is if one of the bigger clubs nick him from us because it means there is something about him.Any others being sold to Championship or lower then its no big deal for me.
Over the last decade or so the players we have let go have proved not to be good enough for the Prem.Stanislas is the odd exception and it took him a long time to get back.
I wont be bothered if Fletcher goes,i just cant see anything in him even if others do think he has twinkle toes.Maybe im the blind one 😃
If the boy was that good then the mancs would never have let him go would they 😉 if the club still fancy him then BBC is the way to go ☺
Loan unless we so get Dembele. And he needs 1st team play I like loan for him under Monk good manager.
But £3m for Adrian and £7m for Fletch.
Adrian is more valuable to us at moment with Trott only back up and Hart on Loan
I know it is only one of those ‘linked’ stories with an ‘estimated’ fee which some spotty journalist got from FIFA or Championship Manager or whatever it is but if there is anything in it then it puts the money paid for A&C ( no, not AC!) into perspective. £7m for somebody who has hardly played. OK it could be that one of their scouts has followed him for months but it could be they have just said ‘Hmm he is worth about a third of Arnautovich..wassat come to?’ So he is worth about half one Andy Carroll-say one leg of the 2012 Andy Carroll, when we thought he actually had two legs. Oh good grief I must stop taking these tablets…
Apparently the deal is done. I am gobsmacked at the fee. Also a bit concerned about lack of backup strikers, given the fitness of two of those left is a big question mark. But I suppose if Bilic is never gonna play him unless there is an outbreak of bubonic plague we might as well take the £7m.