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Journalist suggests West Ham have joined Leeds in race to sign striker

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According to Pete O’Rourke, West Ham United are taking a look at Jordan Hugill, with the Irons the latest club to be linked with a move for the Preston North End striker.

Hugill’s future at Deepdale has been cast into doubt over the course of the last week, with Preston moving yesterday to confirm that they hadn’t received bids for the striker.

However, Crystal Palace are one Premier League club who have shown an interest, whilst those reports have also suggested that Leeds United and Reading are battling to secure a deal for Hugill.

West Ham are now being mooted as a potential destination for the 25-year-old, who has impressed at Deepdale during his time with Preston.

So far this season, the striker has scored 10 goals across all competitions, helping Preston hand themselves a chance of play-off football later in the season.

However, Alex Neil opted to leave Hugill out of his matchday squad for last night’s clash with Nottingham Forest, as Preston stormed on without their prolific striker, recording a 3-0 victory at the City Ground.

Goals from Billy Bodin, Tom Barkhuizen and Daniel Johnson secured the points.

The Verdict  

Preston haven’t budged on Hugill yet this month, but the speculation does not appear to be ending, with clubs linked with a move for the 25-year-old.

Neil’s side showed what they could do without Hugill last night, but will not want to lose him permanently, such has been his impact in recent years.

Interest across the Championship was to be expected, but links with West Ham and Crystal Palace show what kind of impression Hugill has made in recent years.

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