According to West Ham insider ExWHUemployee on Twitter, Middlesbrough are keen to make West Ham striker Jordan Hugill’s stay at the Riverside Stadium permanent, with the fee believed to be between £6m-£7m.
There is talk Middlesbrough are looking to turn the Hugill deal to a permanent one for £6-£7m
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 30, 2019
The former Preston North End hitman joined the Hammers last January but played just 22 minutes of Premier League football, according to Transfermarkt, before securing a loan move to Boro in the summer – things are looking up for the 26-year-old now, though, as he finds his shooting boots again in the Championship.
With seven goals and an assist to his name in all competitions, the local boy is proving a good signing for Tony Pulis’ side but, with Lucas Perez having moved to the London Stadium in the summer and a deal for Maxi Gomez reportedly almost complete, as per Sky Sports, Hugill’s career in claret and blue may already be over.
Having commanded a fee of £10m a year ago, according to the BBC, West Ham stand to lose out on the centre-forward if the mentioned price is deemed good enough, however they have a plethora of striking options available so it makes sense to lighten the wage bill if possible.
Here’s how Irons fans reacted to the news on Twitter – it’s fair to say they wouldn’t feel too aggrieved by the departure…
Wow that was a quick way to lose £4m ??
— ˗ˏˋ JΔMES ˊˎ˗ (@JameswhufcJones) January 30, 2019
— R. Jones ☆ (@RockyWhu) January 30, 2019
Still wondering who thought he was ever worth what we paid for him. Never PL quality, though tbf we’ve got a few like that
— Alan Reynolds ⚒ (@alanreynoldswhu) January 30, 2019
Take it and run…
— PhilipofRoyalGreenwich (@Phil27842220) January 30, 2019
Snap there hands off.
— hammer? (@hamwest68) January 30, 2019
Can they take Carroll instead ?
— Kai (@kbarrett2316) January 30, 2019
That would be a good deal for Hugill. I think he deserves that. He was but a mere pawn last January. Good luck to him.
— Paul Knight (@pauljk75) January 30, 2019
We’re selling Hugill for less than a Hugill.
— Dan (@WestHamWazzock) January 30, 2019