Barnsley ‘lodge bid for Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher’

Barnsley look to have made the first move in the race for Ashley Fletcher’s services next season, after reportedly making a bid for the Manchester United youngster.

The forward played a huge part in the Reds’ Championship promotion feat last season, with a host of goals coming in the final months of the season to sensationally push the club into the top six.

A goal in the victorious play-off final was the perfect way to sign-off from his initial end-of-season loan at Oakwell, but his form has inevitably roused the interest of other Championship clubs.

And it looks as though caretaker boss Paul Heckingbottom is seeking to make the club’s first summer signing with the bid, more likely to be a loan, for the striker.

However new Leeds boss Garry Monk is also after the Keighley-born player’s services as he seeks to make his mark at Elland Road.

Leeds are looking for an influential goal-scorer following the release of last season’s top scorer Mirco Antenucci, with already-contracted strikers Chris Wood and Souleymane Doukara looking a little goal-shy last campaign.

Suggestions have surfaced that Leeds would be open to a loan move Fletcher, as well as a permanent deal for the 20-year-old.

But Fletcher has already spoken out of his affection Barnsley after a memorable loan spell since January, where he scored in both Wembley finals.

Playing in accustomed surroundings with familiar faces could tip the balance in favour of the Reds if he was allowed out on loan by the Devils again this campaign.

A couple of other emerging players have also been linked to Barnsley, with the club seeming likely to stick with youth over experience on their Championship return.

Colchester United midfielder George Moncur is the latest name to have been linked to a summer move to Oakwell, after the transfer window opened on Thursday.

The Reds have already had an initial transfer offer turned down for the 22-year-old, who struck 14 goals in 51 appearances for the Essex club last season.

Like Fletcher, Southampton winger Lloyd Isgrove has also been linked with a return to Barnsley this season, after a successful loan spell at the club over the last 12 months.

Isgrove has struggled to make inroads into the Saints’ first team and with uncertainty over who will manage the South Coast club next year, the 23-year-old may be looking for a way out of St. Mary’s.