In Focus: Leeds would be taking a risk by paying £8m or above for Jordan Hugill

According to the printed version of The Mirror on Tuesday (page 47), Leeds United have made an £8m move to sign Preston North End striker Jorgan Hugill before the January transfer window slams shut on Wednesday.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the printed version of The Mirror says that the Yorkshire club – along with Championship rivals Bristol City and Reading – are ready to step up their interest in the 25-year-old centre-forward, whose contract at Deepdale is due to run out in 2019.

Hugill had a transfer request rejected during the summer, and it appears as though he could leave the Lancashire outfit before the close of play on Wednesday, with The Sun reporting that Premier League side Crystal Palace are also keen.

How has Hugill done this season?

It has been another impressive campaign for the 25-year-old, who has scored 10 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions for North End, averaging a Championship goal ever 283 minutes.

The attacker has netted 30 goals in 114 matches for Preston in total since joining them from Port Vale in 2014.

According to WhoScored.com, Hugill’s main strength is his ability to win the ball in the air as a lone centre-forward, and he has won 155 of the 371 of the aerial duels he has contested.

Would he be a good signing for Leeds?

It’s difficult to say.

While Hugill is useful in the air and has proven that he can be an effective target man, he perhaps isn’t the prolific goalscorer the Yorkshire outfit may be looking for if they are hoping to finally replace Chris Wood.

The positive is that he has plenty of Championship experience and has proven that he can find the net at this level, but you would have to worry whether he would be good enough in the long-term – especially if the Whites do gain promotion back to the Premier League, even if he is a target for Crystal Palace.

Spending £8m – and his valuation could be even higher than that given Preston don’t want to lose him – on him would certainly be a risk, but if the club think it is the right move then they should do everything to get it done.

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