Ashley Fletcher celebrates
West Ham United confirmed the signing of striker Ashley Fletcher on Tuesday evening, after his Manchester United contract had expired.
Even after landing one young forward this summer in Toni Martinez, the Hammers have moved to land another striker for the future by signing Fletcher to a four-year contract.
Fletcher, 20, has been on the books at Old Trafford since joining from Bolton Wanderers back in 2009, but he leaves United without ever having made a first-team appearance for the club.
Last season, Fletcher was farmed out on loan to Barnsley, and he hit a total of nine goals in 27 games as the Tykes ended up winning the League One play-off final against Millwall - a game Fletcher scored in at Wembley Stadium.
Fletcher flashed real ability for Barnsley, with defenders struggling to cope with his pace and power - and with his contract at Manchester United expiring this summer, Fletcher has decided to move on rather than sit behind the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford next season.
Instead, Fletcher will be heading to the Olympic Stadium after signing for West Ham, handing Slaven Bilic with a boost in attack and a player to develop over the coming years.
Since the deal was confirmed on Tuesday evening, both Manchester United and West Ham United fans have been taking to Twitter to react to the transfer, with very different feelings.
United fans appear disappointed that Fletcher has been allowed to leave the club, suggesting that the club could live to regret seeing him depart, just as they did with Paul Pogba.
Meanwhile, West Ham fans are excited by Fletcher's arrival, noting that the club are building for the future by landing the striker, with some impressed by his performances for Barnsley...
Ashley Fletcher gone too probably the correct decision but West Ham have got a very good youngster #MUFC— Mark (@McAlister33) July 12, 2016
Why is a player like ashley fletcher, with promise and potential likened to Rashford, allowed to leave for free? #MUFC— Nael (@naelmustafa) July 12, 2016
Just don't get how #MUFC allows players such as Ashley Fletcher leave so cheaply...West Ham won't even consider selling Reece Oxford— REDMartial (@SallyTheManc) July 12, 2016
Good luck to Ashley Fletcher .. #MUFC again, letting their youngsters leave without a buy back clause, we might see another Pogba situation— Fred (@FredyTheRed) July 12, 2016
Gutted we Sold Ashley Fletcher look bright last season helping promote Barnsley so much potential West Ham have signed a good player #mufc— M16MUFC (@M16_MUFC) July 12, 2016
I can't claim to know a great deal about Fletcher, but bravo to the board and the gaffa for finally looking long-term with transfers #WHUFC— Angry Bilic (@AngryBilic) July 12, 2016
Samuelson, Quina & now fletcher we've robbed the so called elite. THE FUTURES BRIGHT, THE FUTURES CLARET N BLUE— RUSTYHAMMER (@DeanoTy) July 12, 2016
Ashley Fletcher should be a good signing, I remember him in the playoff final for Barnsley had a great game, probably be used in cup matches— WESTHAM1969 (@Hammerhead2073) July 12, 2016
Burke, Oxford, Cullen, Browne, Samuelsen, Martinez, Quina, Fletcher all in the academy. The future looks bright— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) July 12, 2016
Do you think Fletcher is a good signing for West Ham?