No less than three Premier League clubs are being linked with a move for West Ham United striker Dean Ashton, according to the Sunday Express.
The newspaper claims that long-term suitors Stoke City have been joined by Hull City and Fulham in the chase for the injury-prone forward, who looks set to leave the Hammers this summer.
Ashton signed a new five-year contract at Upton Park in 2008 but has suffered terribly with injuries since and managed only four Premier League starts last season.
Recent reports have also claimed that he has been left out of the club’s pre-season preparations, as an exit looms.
Whilst he may be surplus to requirements in East London, the Sunday Express claims that the three clubs are set to bid up to £5 million to capture the 25-year-old.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has previously admitted he has enquired about the striker’s availability, whilst Fulham are also known to be interested in strengthening their squad, after qualifying for next season’s Europa League.
Hull may also come into contention and, having already missed out on several transfer targets including Frazier Campbell and Bobby Zamora, they will be keen not to let another player slip through their fingers.
Gill Clark, Goal.com