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Premier League boss lifts the lid on Middlesbrough’s latest striker deal

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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has revealed why he has allowed Ashley Fletcher to join Middlesbrough.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Slaven Bilic felt that Middlesbrough’s offer was too good to refuse.

Middlesbrough announced earlier today that a fee has been agreed for Ashley Fletcher and he was set to leave West Ham United’s pre-season training camp in Germany to hold talks with the club.

The deal is expected to be permanent with the Standard believing that the fee is £7m.

This offer was too good to refuse, according to Slaven Bilic, who had initially planned to keep the young striker.

The 21-year-old played a handful of games for the Hammers last season but was mainly used as an impact substitute.

The former England under-20 international only joined West Ham from Manchester United last summer but is likely to be shipped off after the arrival of Javier Hernandez pushed him further down the pecking order at the London Stadium.

With plenty of clubs chasing Fletcher, Boro appear to have won the race.

Slaven Bilic believes that this was a “fantastic” offer and one which could not be ignored.

The West Ham boss said:

“He got a fantastic offer last night.

“Ideally I wanted to have a different scenario but the offer was so good and I told him to be proud.”

The Verdict

There is no doubt that Ashley Fletcher has plenty of potential and Middlesbrough fans will be encouraged by the fact that Slaven Bilic saw him as a member of his first team squad.

However, you have to question the transfer fee.

If the reported £7m is correct, West Ham are more than happy to take that money.

At just 21-years-old, though, Fletcher could justify that price tag if he can fulfil his potential with regular playing time.

Fletcher offers height, pace and strength in abundance so he has all the physical attributes to succeed if he is given the chance.

Boro fans – what do you make of Bilic’s comments? Let us know below…


NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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