Following the news of the EFL allowing Blues to be able to bring in five further additions, it seems Garry Monk is wasting no time in pushing deals over the line.
Although both clubs are yet to confirm this news, an inside source has told us Blues have captured the signing of Middlesbrough centre-forward Ashley Fletcher.
The highly rated 22-year-old began his senior career at Man United, before moving to the Olympic Stadium as a Hammer. During his one year stint at West Ham, the England U20 gained valuable first team experience but was unable to make a major breakthrough largely limited to just the odd ten minutes or so from the bench.
Fletcher then joined Monk’s Boro last year for £6.5 million, signing a four-year contract. In January 2018, he then made a deadline day switch to Sunderland, signing on loan for the remainder of the season. The youngster scored his first goal for Sunderland in a 4-1 win at Derby on 30 March 2018.
The question is, do Boro really need him? He’s currently fourth choice striker behind the likes of Britt Assombalonga, Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite.
It’s also woth noting Monk was a keen admirer of the forward during his time in charge at Boro, with the Blues boss giving him a start against Wolves on the opening day of the season. If true, this will no doubt be a move that suits both parties as Boro won’t miss him and Blues will welcome his services more than most.
The EFL statement this week read Blues are able to bring in a further five additions before the window closes on August 9 (albeit under strict conditions relating to wage caps and loan fees).
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