EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Reading have had an £8million bid for Leeds target Jordan Hugill rejected by Preston, Football Insider sources understand.
The Championship club have snubbed the offer as they are reluctant to lose their star striker so close to the end of the summer transfer window.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week Reading and Leeds were chasing Hugill and now Jaap’s Stam side have started the bidding with what represents a major offer.
Hugill is regarded as one of the best young forwards in the Championship after catching the eye for Preston last season.
The 24-year-old has impressed at Preston since joining from Port Vale in 2014 after starting his career in non-league football.
Hugill finished as their top scorer this season with 13 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions and he has scored three goals in five games already this term.
Birmingham have seen a couple of bids for Hugill rejected already this summer, while Sunderland have shown an interest in the player as former Simon Grayson was keen on being reunited with the player at the Stadium of Light.
Leeds are in the market for a new striker to replace Chris Wood and have identified Hugill as a top target, but Reading were hoping to steal a march on their rivals for Hugill by tabling the £8million bid only for Preston to reject it.
In other Leeds United transfer news, another player who was a favourite of ex-manager Garry Monk last season is heading for the exit door before the window shuts.