Former West Ham striker Ashley Fletcher has taken a parting dig at the Hammers, believing he has got the better end of the deal and has improved as a player since leaving the London Stadium, in a report from football.london.

The 21-year-old striker joined Garry Monk at Middlesbrough for a fee in the region of £7 million in the summer, a move goalkeeper Darren Randolph also made during the transfer window.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic already had Javier Hernandez lined up as a replacement for Fletcher, who failed to establish himself as a regular starter for the Hammers in his brief stint for the club after joining from Manchester United, with the Hammers then making the decision to allow him to leave for the Championship.

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And talking to the club’s website this week, the forward took a parting shot at the Hammers when asked about his decision to leave for Teesside.

For me it was all about coming and playing games. I think I’ve improved as a player and hopefully I can get a few more – and some more goals as well.

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