Barnsley's Ashley Fletcher celebrates after the game
West Ham United are edging closer to sealing their fifth summer signing so far, with Ashley Fletcher expected to soon complete his move.
Ashley Fletcher celebrates after scoring the second goal for Barnsley
Fletcher is a free agent after allowing his contract to run down, and has decided against renewing with the Red Devils despite being offered a new deal.
The talented youngster scored nine goals on loan at Barnsley last season, who had been hoping to get him back from United on a loan deal, had he remained at Old Trafford.
This could be a deal which really leaves Manchester United ruing not keeping him, and nor does he have the same character flaws which hampered the career of Ravel Morrison, who made a similar move from Old Trafford to east London.
Tottenham's Vlad Chiriches (R) and West Ham's Ravel Morrison in action
West Ham have already signed Havard Nordtveit and Sofiane Feghouli, along with promising youngsters Domingos Quinos and Toni Martinez.
Fletcher could fit into either category, becoming a back-up striker for West Ham's first team and potentially seizing his chance when it arrives, or he could alternatively be sent on loan.
This could be determined by later transfer business from the Hammers, dependent on which more establisheed strikers they are able to bring in, and how many of Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia are kept at the club.
The first step is getting Fletcher done and dusted, which they appear to be close to finalising, and then allowing manager Slaven Bilic to take a closer look at him in pre-season action.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic