The young right-back reportedly rejected the offer of a new deal, and with Newcastle United and the Whites having shown interest in the summer they can be expected to resurrect their interest once again.
Transfer insider Dean Jones reported in September of the east London club’s reluctance to offer him a new bumper deal, as he said to GIVEMESPORT: “They’re very cautious about giving him a big, new contract because of the knock-on effect it might have to other players within the set-up.”
It seems they have opted against the big contract he desires, and will have to now see him exit the club.
The 20-year-old has earned praise in recent years for his rapid rise to the outskirts of the first team, culminating in his two appearances for the Hammers in their Europa Conference League run this season.
Boasting incredible energy and the ability to also play right midfield, he clearly has the technical ability to be a success at Elland Road and one day surpass Rasmus Kristensen who would stand in his way.
Jesse Marsch would likely demand a lot of effort and some form of attacking presence from his fullbacks, and in Ashby, he would get both of these in abundance.
His performances have led to a total of seven well-earned senior appearances for the club, marking how well-thought-of he is.
Even journalists Sam Delaney and Roshane Thomas, speaking on the U Irons Podcast, were full of praise for him nearly two years ago.
They noted that “he looks like a really good player” before dubbing him “one to watch” and outlining his physical assets too: “He’s big as well. He’s like a big unit. He’s only young, but he’s like a giant. Usually, you’re used to seeing smaller players in those wing-back positions, but he looked big, strong, he was very fearless, decent on the ball.”
It would mark a huge coup to snatch him from a Premier League rival.