Has David Gold dropped hint on Ashley Fletcher’s future?

West Ham co owner David Gold before the match

Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Ashley Fletcher on loan from West Ham United.

Ashley Fletcher celebrates after scoring the second goal for West hamAshley Fletcher celebrates

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold seems to have suggested on the club’s official website that Ashley Fletcher will remain at the club this season.

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.

The Bristol Post has cited The Yorkshire Post as claiming that Leeds want to secure the services of the youngster on a loan deal (click here to read more).

West Ham co chairmans David Sullivan and David Gold before the match

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.

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 David Gold

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.

Barnsley's Ashley Fletcher celebrates after the gameAshley Fletcher

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