West Ham striker Jordan Hugill is in talks with Wigan Athletic over a permanent move. According to The Sun, Hugill and Wigan are trying to come to an agreement on wages after the Championship club agreed to pay £3m for his services.
But this could be a potential stumbling block. At West Ham, the former Port Vale and Preston striker is earning a staggering £40k-per-week. Wigan obviously cannot afford to keep paying those wages so they are offering him half of that.
Wigan are not the only club chasing Hugill this summer. Slaven Bilic’s West Brom will battle Wigan, Leeds United and Preston for the Hammers outcast, who was not taken to China.
Jordan Hugill at West Ham
Hugill was the only permanent signing made during David Moyes’ short tenure as West Ham manager. On deadline day in January 2018, West Ham signed Hugill for £10m (The Sun) but he has had a disastrous time in East London.
With just three substitute appearances to his name (totalling just over half an hour of football), Hugill has been a massive waste of money. West Ham are likely to take a £7m hit on the transfer fee paid, not to mention the wasted wages.
Hugill spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough as he did not have a chance of playing at West Ham. He scored six league goals for Boro to prove he is clearly not a Premier League striker.