Hull City could be looking to add Middlesbrough striker Ashley Fletcher to their ranks this afternoon, but face competition from the Scottish Premier League according to the Daily Mirror’s Live Blog (31/01 12:42)
The former Manchester United man has not been a regular at the Riverside this season after failing to impress Tony Pulis. He spent a portion of last season on loan at Sunderland, again not managing to score on a regular basis.
As Pulis shuffles the pack ahead of the key run in, Fletcher is seemingly being deemed surplus to requirements, but that has reportedly alerted Hull City, who are ready to pounce.
23-year-old Fletcher has seen a spectacular fall from grace since his days as a Man Utd youth. He joined up with West Ham, but struggled to break through for the Hammers and later cost Boro £6.5m.
He’s started just four league matches for Boro, coming off the bench 18 times but to date only has one league goal for the club. He’s bagged four in cup competitions this season, that haul coming from 13 appearances.
Hull are looking to bolster their attack as they hope to build on a good run which has seen them climb to 13th in the table.
Ashley Fletcher needs to be loved. There’s no two ways about it, he’s been pushed from pillar to post and hasn’t settled at any club since emerging at United. He struggled at West Ham, flopped at Boro and looked lost at Sunderland.
The pressure is off at Hull to a degree and the experiences of Frazier Campbell could be helpful to his development. The 31-year-old was also a United trainee and spent time at Sunderland so he can relate to Fletcher’s struggles.