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Report: Sheffield United keen on former Manchester United ace Ashley Fletcher

According to an exclusive from Football League World, Sheffield United could make a move for Middlesbrough’s Ashley Fletcher this summer.

The former Manchester United man has struggled to show the sort of goalscoring form that convinced West Ham to sign him in 2016, before Middlesbrough then splashed out over £6m on him in 2017.

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Fletcher shot to prominence during a fine loan spell with United’s Yorkshire neighbours, Barnsley. From there, it was indeed the Hammers who took a punt on the then-Manchester United man.

The striker enjoyed his best campaign to date last season, scoring 11 goals for ‘Boro. However, this term, he has managed just the two under Neil Warnock.

The Blades, however, are said to be keen on doing a deal for Fletcher, with relegation back to the Championship all but confirmed.

Sheffield United want Ashley Fletcher – Why?

While we fully expect United to bring in a forward over the summer, it is one position where we aren’t desperate for new additions.

Especially ones who are hardly proven marksmen in the division and whose records aren’t exactly brilliant. That’s not to say Fletcher doesn’t have the tools and potential to be good. Sometimes a player just needs to find his fit, and Bramall Lane has proven that place for many in the last few years.

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However, barring a fire-sale of strikers and a sudden struggle to attract new players, it’s hard to see Ashley Fletcher being top of the list for United.

Furthermore, we don’t even have a manager in place, so unless he’s been picked out by the board, it certainly seems an odd one.

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