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West Ham struggling to shift flop Hugill

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

West Ham United are struggling to shift Jordan Hugill in this transfer window, per journalist Alan Nixon.

What’s the word?

Hugill is one of three senior strikers at the club after the signing of Sebastian Haller and joins Javier Hernandez in providing back-up to the Frenchman.

Nixon has previously reported that Wigan Athletic hold an interest in the forward but now claims that he is waiting on the Hammers agreeing to pay part of his wages before he leaves the club.

Writing on Twitter in relation to a question about him moving to the Latics, he said: “Hugill has to get a lot of the money from the deal from West Ham. That’s not happened so far.”

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A damning indictment

Why did West Ham sign Hugill?

He’s played a mere three Premier League games for the club after being signed for £10m under the management of David Moyes and is seemingly for sale.

Yet, for a deal to happen, he needs a golden handshake, and that speaks appallingly to the transfer record of the club.

They brought in a Championship striker who was not particularly prolific at that level – he scored 29 goals in 137 appearances in the second-tier – and now can’t shift him.

Indeed, his contract does not expire until 2022 and he has no real reason to leave.

He could easily continue to collect his wages and sit on the bench.

West Ham have backed themselves into a rather difficult corner here.

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