By Danny Wright

29th Aug, 2017 | 12:54pm

Powerhouse striker hands in transfer request after seven-figure Wolves bid - Sky Sports

By Danny Wright

Preston striker Jordan Hugill has handed in a transfer request after Wolves and Reading both had bids rebuffed by the Deepdale club, according to a report.

Sky Sports claimed in their live transfer blog on Tuesday [11:09am] that Hugill, 25, is now trying to force a move away from Preston in light of the recent speculation surrounding his future at the club.

Wolves and Reading are both understood to have tabled seven-figure bids worth £8million for the powerhouse striker, who is known for his commanding physical presence in attack.

Nuno Espirito Santo could be further boosted in his pursuit of the former Port Vale striker as Reading are also reported by Sky Sports on Tuesday [11:21am] that Sone Aluko is set for a medical at the Madejski in a deal worth up to £7.5million, meaning that Wolves could be left to be the sole runner in the race for Hugill.

The North End target man scored 13 goals in 47 appearances across all competitions last season and has started this term well by finding the net three times in six total matches.

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Football Insider Verdict

Wolves need to get in another striker but it remains to be seen if Hugill is good enough. He is a very strong, demanding forward who will only do well if the midfielders and wide-men are performing. Luckily, Nuno has a very good array of wingers and playmakers at his disposal meaning that Hugill would fit well into his team. However for Wolves to get to where they want to be in the Premier League, they need a striker who can create his own chances – and Hugill doesn’t do that. If he was coming in as a second choice then it would be a good buy, but to spend £8million means that he is likely to oust loanee Leo Bonatini from the first-team.

In other Wolves news, the club’s search for a striker has taken further boosts with this proven goalscorer having his price slashed by almost 50 per cent.

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