Wolverhampton Wanderers are the latest Championship club to join the race to sign out-of-contract Manchester United youngster Ashley Fletcher, according to a report in the Wolves Express & Star.

The 20-year-old striker impressed on loan at Barnsley last season, netting nine times in 26 appearances as the Tykes won promotion through the League One play-offs.

Fletcher has already seen interest from Barnsley about a return to Oakwell next season, as well as from the Tykes’ Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

The Keighley-born frontman has been offered a new deal at Old Trafford and he told the Manchester Evening News about his dreams of turning out for the Red Devils.

He said: “That’s the ultimate goal – playing for Manchester United.

“One of the main reasons why I came (to Barnsley) was just to learn the different type of game playing against physical centre-halves.

“You have to deal with that instead of the Under-21s, when it is more football based on possession. I know it’s something I needed to do and felt I could do it.

“I’ve learned to be a lot cuter in my play.”

The question marks of his Old Trafford future could be a stumbling block in the striker’s desire to gain more experience in the Championship.

If he signs a new deal with the Premier League side then any move to the second tier is likely to be on loan but, if he turns that deal down, then any club hoping to secure a permanent move will be forced to pay compensation to Jose Mourinho’s side.

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