West Ham make last-minute hijack for Championship hotshot, £8m deal already agreed - reports
West Ham are set to hijack Crystal Palace’s £8million move for Jordan Hugill despite Roy Hodgson’s side being on the verge of sealing a deal, according to a report.
The Daily Mail’s Live Transfer Blog (Wednesday, 14:09) report that the Hammers have made a late attempt to sign the Preston North End forward before he completes a move to Crystal Palace.
The Sun previously reported that Crystal Palace were splashing the cash to sign Hugill and after bidding £8million, the club had come to an agreement with Preston regarding the centre-forward on Tuesday.
The Hammers actually played Crystal Palace on Tuesday night with both teams settling for a 1-1 draw that left them both still in the relegation battle.
David Moyes’ side are four points clear of the drop zone with Hodgson’s side a little closer to the bottom three, sitting only three points clear.
Both clubs are keen to add a striker to fire them away from the drop, and Hugill has attracted their attention as he has lit up the Championship this season with Preston.
The 25-year-old has scored eight goals and grabbed two assists in his 27 league appearances this season.
Football Insider Verdict:
West Ham must act fast to get this deal done, as Hugill would be a decent signing considering the club’s injury crisis. Moyes has lost several strikers through injury in recent weeks including Marko Arnautovic who has been very successful in front of goal in recent months. While the Championship striker’s goal return may not be mouthwatering, his role in giving Preston a shot at the play-offs this season cannot be underestimated. The 25-year-old is still yet to hit his peak, and shows signs that he is improving with every game he plays. If West Ham could be the team to benefit from his presence when he fulfills his full potential, then it would be a fantastic scenario for them.
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