By Paul Robinson

25th Aug, 2020 | 4:03pm

Exclusive: Paul Robinson reacts as West Ham 'victim' agree terms of exit

Paul Robinson has applauded Jordan Hugill for taking the decision to leave West Ham after the attacker signed for Norwich City yesterday.

The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 28-year-old was a “victim of circumstance” at the London Stadium given the managerial circumstances in which he was signed.

The club officially confirmed the departure of the centre-forward yesterday, two years after he joined in a near £10million deal.

Football Insider revealed earlier that day that Norwich had agreed a deal worth close to the Irons £5million asking price for the striker.

Hugill spent last season out on loan at Queens Park Rangers where he scored 15 goals in 41 appearances to help the Hoops to 13th in the Championship table.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the striker’s exit, Robinson said:

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“Sometimes you are a victim of circumstance. A team can be struggling and a new manager comes in and things do not work out.

“Credit to Hugill because he was not looking like he is going to play under David Moyes at West Ham and he has taken the opportunity to leave.

“He will go and play regular football now for a team that he will be challenging for the Championship next year.”

After signing for the Canaries, Hugill said: “As soon as I knew Norwich were interested in taking me, it was a decision that I wanted to move quickly. To come here is brilliant, for me and my family to get settled again and hit the ground running.

“For me, the aim is to get this club back to where they want to be and for me to prove a point.”

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that Chelsea are plotting make a mammoth bid for Declan Rice as their summer spending spree continues.