West Ham have agreed a fee with Preston North End for the services of centre-forward Jordan Hugill, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC journalist Simon Stone shared on his own personal Twitter account on Wednesday that a fee had been agreed between the two clubs for Hugill and that he was on his way to London.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 31, 2018
The Daily Mail’s Live Transfer Blog (Wednesday, 14:09) previously reported that the Hammers had made a late attempt to sign the 25-year-old after it looked like Crystal Palace were likely to sign him.
Roy Hodgson’s side were reported by The Sun to have reached an agreement with the Championship side for Hugill, with Crystal Palace willing to pay £8million for the forward.
The centre-forward has scored 10 goals in 29 appearances across all competitions for Preston this season, with eight of his goals being scored in the Championship.
Football Insider Verdict:
This deal has certainly moved quickly, and West Ham look on the verge of successfully hijacking Crystal Palace’s deal for Hugill. The forward may not have the most impressive goal ratio this season but he has been a key reason why Preston are still in with a chance of winning promotion this season. The 25-year-old is acting fast to get a move to the Hammers with him already on his way to London, so Hugill is certainly keen to join the club. David Moyes has found himself with very few attacking options after several of his forwards were ruled out with injuries. Hugill’s arrival will no doubt help Moyes during this injury crisis.
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