£8m PL bid accepted for centre-forward wanted by Leeds - reports
Preston have accepted a bid worth £8million from Premier League club Crystal Palace for striker Jordan Hugill, according to a report.
The Sun claims that Roy Hodgson has agreed a deal with North End to snap up Hugill, 25, ahead of the transfer deadline on Wednesday night after it was reported elsewhere that Leeds United had made an offer of their own for the ex-Port Vale ace.
The Mirror said in its print edition [Tuesday January 30, page 47] that the Whites had launched a bid worth £8million for the centre-forward, but it was short of Preston’s price-tag of £10million.
It is now understood that on Monday night, Palace persuaded Preston to allow Hugill to leave Deepdale to end Hodgson’s search for a striker.
The centre-forward is said to be unsettled with the Lancashire side and handed in a transfer request in the summer.
However with the arrival of Louis Moult in Alex Neil’s squad, the Sun claims that has opened the door for the ex-Port Vale target man to leave.
Hugill has made 29 appearances in all competitions for Preston this season, scoring 10 goals in the process.
Football Insider verdict
It seems that if Preston are willing to accept an £8million offer from Palace for Hugill, then they might from Leeds. However the Whites are a Championship rival to the Deepdale club so there is a chance that North End would rather him move to a different division so he does not come back to haunt them any time soon. Leeds do need a striker, but they just don’t seem to be able to get Hugill. He has been linked with Elland Road since the summer and it appears all that speculation may come to an end if he seals his switch to South London to play for Hodgson’s Crystal Palace.
In other Leeds United news, this Arsenal player is heading to Elland Road in a late January switch.
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