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West Ham United edging closer to sealing deal for 25-year-old

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Jordan Hugill has finally agreed a move away from Preston and is set to join West Ham United after the Hammers agreed a fee for the striker.

The 25-year old has been heavily linked with a move away from Deepdale this month, with Championship sides Leeds and Reading both seriously interested in Hugill.

Yesterday though, news emerged that Crystal Palace were set to make a move for the striker but they saw a bid for Hugill rejected.

And, journalist Simon Stoney has revealed that West Ham have now stepped in and agreed a fee with Preston. The former Port Vale man is currently on his way to London to complete a medical and sort out the contract.

Hugill was absent from the Preston squad that won at Nottingham Forest last night and Alex Neil admitted the speculation surrounding his future had impacted the player.

The powerful target man handed in a transfer request in the summer in order to push for a move from the Lancashire club but they managed to keep hold of their star man.

Since then, Hugill has had a positive season and has eight goals to his name so far.

The Verdict

This is a blow to several Championship clubs who had been tracking Hugill for months but it is fantastic for the player.

Whether he is capable of handling the step up is very debatable but he will have a chance to prove his worth in the top-flight in the coming days it seems.

Preston also deserve credit as they’ve managed to stand firm and rejected plenty of bids that seemed acceptable to observers, but now they’ve clearly got the deal they wanted.

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