Tony Pulis may have the chance to turn Jordan Hugill’s Middlesbrough loan into a permanent move and allow West Ham to cash in on their out-of-favour striker, per Claret & Hugh.
West Ham insider site Claret & Hugh have suggested that the east London side will look to cash in on Hugill’s Boro loan, and understand that the Teesside outfit have an option to buy.
The suggestion is that the striker’s resurging form will allow the Irons to cash in on 26-year-old, after David Moyes signed Hugill in January for £10million.
The former Preston North End star is currently valued by TransferMarkt at £7.2million and has netted three goals in his past three outings, but had not scored in any of his opening ten Championship games at his hometown side.
Claret & Hugh believe West Ham will want at least £6million for his services should Boro place a bid, while also having payments due should Pulis’ men gain promotion this term.
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As eager as Pulis may be to strengthen his strike force, currently consisting of Britt Assombalonga, Martin Braithwaite and Hugill, he cannot rush into making the West Ham loanee’s move permanent.
Hugill struggled massively at first when he moved to the Riverside Stadium and it took until November 10th before he scored his first league goal for the side.
The 26-year-old’s brace against Wigan and solitary effort at Brentford may have decided the games, but Boro need a regular goalscorer to propel their promotion challenge.
Middlesbrough have only scored 22 times in 19 games, with Assombalonga’s five leading the way. Against Hugill’s former side, Boro relied on Marcus Tavernier drawing them level to stay in the top three.
Should the 26-year-old score heavily between now and the January window, then the story will look a lot different. But at present, there is no need to rush into making the deal permanent, especially with Hugill’s loan not expiring until the summer.