West Ham are preparing to offload in-form striker Jordan Hugill for a cut-price £5million in January, Football Insider has learned.
The 27-year-old is currently on a hot scoring streak at loan club QPR after being deemed surplus to requirements by Manuel Pellegrini for a second consecutive campaign.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club are ready to sell him in the winter window if a buyer is willing to match their £5million asking price.
That is half the £10million spent on luring the forward to the London Stadium in January of last year.
The Hammers hierarchy have come to regret that deal, which was sanctioned by ex-manager David Moyes.
Coincidentally, the transfer was brokered by Hugill’s agent Kenny Moyes, who is the brother of the former West Ham, Everton, Man United and Sunderland boss.
Moyes barely played Hugill. He made just three appearances for the Hammers and has spent the last two seasons out on loan, at Middlesborough in 2018-19 and now at QPR.
Pellegrini was not won over by Hugill during pre-season and has no intention of recalling him mid-loan in the January window despite his strong form.
The striker has scored six times in nine Championship matches after faring less well at Boro last season, where his 41 games in all competitions yielded seven goals.
Hugill is certainly likely to be of interest to Championship clubs but his Premier League wages will be a significant hurdle for many of them.
He has a contract at the Hammers that runs until the summer of 2022.
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