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West Ham put Championship clubs on alert with striker deal a possibility



Sky Bet Championship clubs have been alerted by the potential availability of Jordan Hugill ahead of the summer, with West Ham United willing to let the striker out on-loan if they retain their Premier League status.   

Hugill has struggled for opportunities since his £12m move from Preston North End to West Ham in the January transfer window. With Football London revealing that the Hammers only moved to secure the deal as a precaution in case the club were relegated to the Championship.

West Ham are seven points clear of the relegation zone with five fixtures of the season remaining. When safety is confirmed, Hugill is expected to return to the Championship on-loan, with his first-team opportunities at the London Stadium looking limited.

Prior to January’s switch to West Ham, the 25-year-old striker had enjoyed a prolific 18 months at Deepdale, impressing for Preston in the Championship.

The 2016/17 campaign brought 13 goals for the striker, who continued that fine form at the start of the current campaign with another 10 goals across all competitions.

Hugill has featured on just three occasions since his move to West Ham.

The Verdict  

Hugill’s move to West Ham has been a disappointing one so far, with the striker’s lack of game time not justifying the hefty transfer fee paid.

West Ham should have enough to survive in the Premier League, which will put Championship clubs on alert to the fact that Hugill will be allowed to return to the second-tier next season.

There is likely to be a host of clubs in the race to sign the 25-year-old on-loan.

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