Jordan Hugill’s bizarre West Ham United career is over before it ever begun.
The footballer world was taken aback when West Ham signed relative unknown Hugill from Preston for an eye-watering £10million last January.
But the former barman was shipped out on loan to Middlesbrough in the summer after just three appearances and a combined total of 22 minutes of action for the Hammers.
At ‘Boro Hugill has hardly set the world alight but has scored seven goals and helped assist several too.
Hugill’s Hammers career over before it started
That has helped Tony Pulis’s side mount a promotion bid.
It is clear Hugill has no future at West Ham and reports this week claim the club want to recoup at least half of the £10m they paid for his services (Football League World).
So Manuel Pellegrini should be clever and use the unwanted striker as a makeweight in a bid for rising Swansea City star Dan James.
The jet-heeled 21-year-old has really caught the eye for Swansea this season. He also scored his first goal for Wales last week.
West Ham should use outcast as makeweight for jet-heeled James
His pace has seen clips of the midfielder in action go viral.
There are shades of Michael Owen about James and West Ham could tempt Swansea with a sizeable bid for the Wales international.
Pellegrini has started building a team of young and hungry players.
And James would fit in perfectly alongside the likes of Declan Rice, Issa Diop and co.
Potter needs Hugill’s power
Hugill is a good quality, proven Championship striker.
And Swans boss Graham Potter needs more physicality up front if he has any realistic ambitions to challenge for promotion next season.
West Ham would undoubtedly need to put a sizeable amount of cash on top of any bid involving Hugill.
But it is a deal which could well suit all parties.