Ashley Fletcher scores the first goal for Barnsley
Leeds United were this weekend linked with a surprise move to sign a player from their traditional rivals Manchester United.
Ashley Fletcher, 20, has been on loan at Barnsley this past season, and Sunday's edition of The Sun (page 65) claimed club owner Massimo Cellino is interested in doing a deal to bring him to Leeds.
This would be a loan move, with Fletcher hoping he can still make it at Old Trafford, and emulate pal Marcus Rashford.
Barnsley's Ashley Fletcher celebrates after the game
Fletcher scored in the League One play-off final and Leeds ultimately would be hoping he could help their bid to win promotion next season into the Premier League.
Despite being owned by Manchester United, Ashley Fletcher's bright talent makes him a player than Leeds cannot afford to be suddenly be selective about, if he decides to would like to move to Elland Road.
Ashley Fletcher celebrates after scoring the second goal for Barnsley
Fans would still expect investment to be made on permanent signings, but getting Fletcher in through the door would be a good early step if Leeds can pull it off.
The Whites need to spend to give new boss Garry Monk a chance to compete with recently relegated sides Aston Villa and Newcastle United, who have heavy financial support aided by Premier League parachute payments.
Here is a look at how supporters reacted to the proposed deal via Twitter...
Leeds after Ashley fletcher from Man U, from what i saw of him at the play off final he looks a pretty good player! #lufc— Ben Fletcher (@DayOldHateBenj) June 5, 2016
Will take Fletcher any day. Young, hungry, pacey and can finish. Just what we need to partner Wood #lufc— Jamie Kershaw (@jamieklufc) June 5, 2016
The Sun linking #LUFC with Ashley Fletcher. Very good young player!— The Mighty Leeds (@themightyleeds) June 5, 2016
So this Fletcher is the first target this summer then? I'd rather have Winnall.. #lufc— ️ (@Brendencolgan1) June 5, 2016
So Leeds are after Ashley Fletcher...not a name that screams ambition admittedly. Hmmm #lufc— Daryl Smith (@DazSmith94) June 5, 2016
Personal opinion, I think fletcher is a decent start to summer business, another experienced striker for the top line please #Lufc— Gary Devonport (@DingleburtDev) June 5, 2016
Morning, Fletcher from Scum, ffs more loans and freebies this season, Cellino needs to spend hard cash....#lufc— LUFC NO 1 (@RMcgoran) June 5, 2016