According to The Teesside Gazette, Leeds United will attempt to sign Middlesbrough forward Ashley Fletcher in this summer’s transfer window.
It is expected to be a summer of change for Leeds, with a number of players sure to leave the club following a disappointing 2017-18 campaign.
There is no question that the former Champions League club are still a serious pull at Championship level, however, and they will have no problems convincing players to make the move to Elland Road in this summer’s transfer window.
At least one new striker is a must for the club, and according to The Teesside Gazette, Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom wants to bring Fletcher to the club on loan.
The 22-year-old has previously played under Heckingbottom at Barnsley, and could well be surplus to requirements at Middlesbrough this summer having struggled on loan at Sunderland in the second half of the 2017-18 season.
Fletcher was a big talent in the youth ranks at Manchester United, and scored nine times during a loan spell at Barnsley before joining West Ham United on a permanent deal in 2016.
The striker only managed one goal in 20 appearances for the Hammers before moving to Middlesbrough, however, where he netted twice in 19 fixtures in the first half of this season.
Fletcher, who is valued at £3.1m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has not fared much better at Sunderland – finding the back of the net just once in 14 appearances for the Black Cats since his arrival during the January transfer window.
Leeds are in desperate need of fresh blood at the end of the season, but Fletcher’s lack of goals at Championship level should see them look elsewhere.
Indeed, just two goals in 28 Championship matches this term is hardly a record that will fill the Leeds supporters with confidence when it comes to this particular transfer rumour.