By Danny Wright

28th Aug, 2017 | 8:11am

Wolves reportedly pull plug on striker pursuit to leave Leeds and Reading in the clear

By Danny Wright

Wolves appear to have given up in their pursuit of signing Preston striker Jordan Hugill, according to a reliable journalist.

Express and Star reporter Tim Spiers claimed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday that Wolves have switched their focus to other targets after pulling the plug on a move for the Preston targetman.

News outlet HITC Sport claimed in May that the West Midlands side lodged a £2million bid in the hope of signing Hugill, 25, but that was before Nuno Espirto Santo took the managerial job off Paul Lambert.

Now it seems that Leeds and Reading have been left in the clear to step up their pursuit of the striker.

Football Insider revealed last week that the Yorkshire giants have joined the race to sign the ex-Port Vale star and that Reading have had an £8million bid rejected by Preston.

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Leeds are in the market for a new forward following Chris Wood’s £15million switch to Burnley last week and have been widely reported to have made a bid for Middlesbrough’s Rudy Gestede in the hope of filling the void up front.

Hugill has already proven himself to be a steady goal scorer in the Championship having netted 12 league goals last season, adding a further three in all competitions this term.

Football Insider Verdict

Leeds and Wolves are both in desperate need of reinforcing their strike before before the transfer window slams shut later this week and Hugill would be a good addition for both sides. However there’s no way that he is worth more than the £8million that has already been rejected by Preston so it makes sense for Wolves to move on to other targets. Leeds however do not have to worry about breaching Financial Fair Play after Wood’s move to Burnley, so a deal for the Whites may be achievable. Hugill is perhaps a better prospect than Gestede and is in a similar mould to Wood due to his aerial ability and strength.

In other Wolves news, a London club have made an approach for this Molineux attacker.

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