Ashley Fletcher celebrates
The Hammers signed Fletcher in July following the 20-year-old striker’s departure from Manchester United at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
The England Under-20 international has been linked with a move to Championship club Leeds United.
Phil Hay, The Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer, recently stated on social networking site Twitter that the West Yorkshire outfit want to sign Fletcher on a season-long loan deal.
On a different note, being told that Leeds want striker Ashley Fletcher - a target earlier in summer - on a season-long loan from West Ham.— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 18, 2016
According to a report in The Daily Mail in July, Leeds were interested in signing Fletcher before the striker moved to West Ham.
West Ham co-chairman Gold, though, appears to have suggested that the young striker will remain at the London Stadium for the 2016-17 campaign.
While highlighting the depth of the current West Ham squad and the demands of playing in four major competitions this season, the Englishman wrote on the club’s official website: “We have also got Ashley Fletcher as well waiting to come in.”
Fletcher is unlikely to establish himself in the West Ham starting lineup this campaign, but the striker could get chances as the season progresses.
The 20-year-old could get valuable playing time in domestic cup competitions and in the Europa League, should the Hammers progress to the group stage of the prestigious European competition.
A move to Leeds on a loan deal would not be bad idea for Fletcher, though.