Date: 16th July 2019 at 2:29pm
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EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Wigan Athletic have agreed a fee of £3.6million with West Ham for striker Jordan Hugill after ambushing his potential move to Preston North End, Football Insider can reveal.

Football Insider revealed yesterday the striker was in advanced negotiations to re-join North End 18 months after his £8million transfer to the London Stadium.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Wigan have hijacked Preston’s deal and moved quickly to agree a price of £3.6million with the Premier League club.

Irons manager Manuel Pellegrini has given the green light for the striker’s departure as he does not figure in his plans for the new season.

It means West Ham will post a £4.4million loss on the 27-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, where he scored seven goals in 41 appearances for the club.

Wigan have been looking to bolster their attack this summer and they see Hugill as someone who can add goals to their side next season.

The Latics turned their attentions to Hugill after missing out to Blackburn for Southampton striker Sam Gallagher.

Hugill has made only three appearances for West Ham as he has been unable to match his exploits at Preston, where he was regarded as one of best spearheads in the Championship and netted 30 goals in 114 appearances.

West Ham are looking to recruit at least one senior striker, and another emerging one, in the final fortnight of the summer window, after failing in attempts to entice Maxi Gomez, Salomon Rondon and Callum Wilson.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that the club are to submit a mammoth English-club striker offer.