QPR and Bristol City have joined the race to sign striker Jordan Hugill from West Ham, Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre (18/07, 17:41) has reported.
The pair look to have leapfrogged Championship rivals Wigan in the race to sign the striker, with the Latics’ bid to sign the 27-year-old apparently falling through, leaving the other two sides to battle it out for Hugill’s services.
Having joined West Ham from Preston in January 2018, Hugill endured a torrid time with the Hammers, making just three substitute appearances during his debut campaign with the club.
Hugill then spent last season back on loan in the Championship, where he made 41 appearances and scored seven goals in all competitions for Middlesbrough, as they narrowly missed out on a play-off place on the final day.
There are still three years remaining on Hugill’s West Ham contract, meaning it may not be cheap for either club to complete the signing of the 27-year-old.
Despite both clubs being active so far in the summer transfer window, neither Bristol City nor QPR have yet signed an out and out centre forward such as Hugill.
I can’t see what all the fuss is about with Hugill, to be honest.
The striker has completely flopped during his time at West Ham, and even when he returned to the Championship with Middlesbrough last season, his goals return wasn’t exactly what you’d call impressive.
Another issue here is the cost that will likely be involved with bringing the striker to either of these two clubs. With so long left on his contract, West Ham are unlikely to want to let him go for nothing, and his Premier League contract means his wages won’t be cheap either.
Even so, both sides are clearly on the hunt for a striker – with QPR in particular needing one following the departure of Matt Smith – and as a result, you feel that Hugill is going to have plenty to think about in the coming weeks.