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Lesson learned? West Ham set to take major Hugill hit

West Ham United could be set to sell Jordan Hugill for a fee of £5million in the summer, per Claret and Hugh.

The striker joined the club in a £10m deal from Preston North End in January 2018 but the Irons are reportedly ready to cut their losses when the transfer window reopens.

What’s the word?

Hugill has played for the Hammers three times and has never featured for more than 10 minutes in a competitive game – an epic transfer flop if there ever was one.

Since moving to the London Stadium, he has been loaned to Middlesbrough, scoring seven goals in 34 games.

And Claret and Hugh claim that manager Tony Pulis does not particularly want to keep Hugill at the Riverside Stadium.

Nevertheless, the report states that, should Boro change their mind, the Premier League club would be willing to accept between £4m and £5m for a permanent switch.

The 26-year-old also struggled for goals at Preston, scoring 30 times in over 110 appearances for the Deepdale club.

A regretful incident

The deal for Hugill was a ridiculous one from the outset.

David Moyes secured the deal during his time at the London Stadium.

Hugill did not and does not appear ready to make a breakthrough in east London and is a prime example of a player who is adept at playing in the second-tier but not in the top-flight.

This summer, the Hammers should focus on promoting a player from the youth team, such as Toni Martinez, instead of taking such a punt.

Their transfer strategy has been scattergun in recent years and West Ham should ensure that they are more focused this time around.

Manuel Pellegrini cannot afford to be saddled with another flop from the beginning of next season.

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