WESTHAM ARE POISED TO SIGN MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER

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The 20-year-old is set to undergo a ahead of a move to the Hammers, with his chances of a first-team breakthrough at Old Trafford looking increasingly

West Ham are poised to sign Ashley Fletcher from Manchester United after the striker rejected a new contract at Old Trafford, Goal understands.

The Hammers are still looking to sign a marquee forward this summer, but are set to land the 20-year-old after he opted to call time on his stay with the 20-time league champions.

Fletcher will undergo a medical in the coming days after West Ham met the youngster’s contractual demands – it has been reported that he will earn £7,000-per-week at the Olympic Stadium – but there remains doubt over whether the marksman will be installed into the first-team, or be loaned out for the new season.

Fletcher’s current deal expires this summer and he will join West Ham on a free transfer, though United will be due a compensation fee after he came through the club’s academy.

United signed Fletcher from Bolton when he was just 13, but he has failed to make the breakthrough into the senior setup, and will end his Red Devils career without a single first-team appearance to his name.


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However, Fletcher scored nine goals in 26 games while on loan at League One side Barnsley last season, helping them secure promotion to Championship via the play-offs, prompting manager Paul Heckingbottom to compare him to United and England star Marcus Rashford.

“I don’t know the pecking order there, but if he wasn’t here he could have been making his debut instead of Rashford,” Heckingbottom said in May.

“I think he will get better and better. United will have seen his progression and they’ll know he has the attributes to get better.”

Elsewhere, West Ham will allow Darren Randolph to leave the club should they receive an acceptable bid.

Sources have confirmed that the Republic of Ireland international – who enjoyed a superb Euro 2016 – is valued at around £3 million.


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