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Fletcher heading for 'Boro talks

Filed: Thursday, 27th July 2017
By: Staff Writer

Ashley Fletcher is on his way to Middlesbrough for talks over a permanent switch.

The 21-year-old, Keighley-born striker joined West Ham on transfer deadline day last summer but has only been used as a bit-part player since.

And it was confirmed this lunchtime (Thursday) that Fletcher had left the club's training camp in Rotenburg in order to fly back to England, so that he may hold talks with the Championship side.

"Boro have agreed a deal in principle with West Ham United to sign striker Ashley Fletcher," read a statement on the Championship club's website.

"The former Manchester United youth player has left West Ham's training camp in Germany and is heading to Boro for talks."

News of Boro's interest was also confirmed by Slaven Bilic from the club's training camp in Germany. "He got a fantastic offer last night," said Bilic. "Ideally I wanted to have a different scenario but the offer was so good and I told him to be proud.

"The step that he made from coming here as a no-name to being a player a lot of Championship clubs want is a big bonus for him so he's gone to discuss personal terms. He is a very good and promising player."

Fletcher was a member of the touring party that flew out to Austria with Slaven Bilic and the first team last week for pre-season fixtures against Sturm Graz and Fulham.

The two clubs are understood to have agreed a fee in the region of 6.5million. Fletcher cost the Hammers just 1million just 12 months ago.

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