Jordan Hugill is set to bring his West Ham spell to an end. According to The Sun (print edition on Thursday) via HITC Sport, Hugill is closing in on a return to Preston North End.
Hugill is ready to head back to the Championship after failing to make the grade at West Ham. Manuel Pellegrini is unlikely to use him next season and a return to Preston could work for all parties.
He has a contract until 2022 at West Ham. So Hugill would command a transfer fee if he leaves this summer. Alternatively, he could head out on loan again.
Jordan Hugill at West Ham
West Ham signed Hugill from Preston in January 2018. He joined on deadline day and was David Moyes’ only permanent signing as Hammers manager.
But the 27-year-old only managed three appearances, all of which came from the bench. He did not get his chance to continue his Preston goalscoring form (he had 10 in 29 prior to his move).
In summer 2018, Moyes left and Pellegrini came in. Pellegrini took a look at Hugill in pre-season ahead of the 2018/19 season and decided to loan him out to the Championship.
Jordan Hugill in 2018/19
Hugill spent the 2018/19 season at Middlesbrough. Alongside Britt Assombalonga, Hugill led the line as Tony Pulis’ men fell narrowly short of the play-offs.
The ex-Port Vale striker played 41 games for Middlesbrough during his one-season loan spell at The Riverside Stadium. But he could not find his best form with just seven goals.
Boro have not pursued an option to sign him permanently yet, opening the door for a Preston return. His best football has come at Deepdale and he could now return.