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West Ham: Moyes had a nightmare with Jordan Hugill signing

It has become something of a running joke that West Ham United are simply cursed when it comes to signing centre-forwards, with the club having brought in a seemingly endless string of names who have all failed to make the grade over the last decade or so.

From the likes of Mauro Zarate, to Simone Zaza to Sebastian Haller, the GSB era has been littered with costly mistakes, with current boss David Moyes having been left to, albeit successfully, mould the versatile Michail Antonio into his leading man.

Among all the strikers who have come and gone in the modern era, one name arguably stands out above the rest as one of the most head-scratching and bizarre of the lot – Jordan Hugill.

Signing players is always something of a lottery, although in the case of the former Preston North End striker there was always a feeling that he wouldn’t cut it at the elite level, having only plied his trade in the second tier and below prior to his £10m move in January 2018.

After a spate of injuries, Moyes turned to the then 25-year-old as a striking solution, during what was his first stint in charge of the club, although he failed to showcase the cunning market expertise that has become the defining feature of his second spell.

For Hugill, in particular, the former Manchester United manager might as well have not bothered pushing ahead with the deal, such was the entirely forgettable nature of the Englishman’s time at the club.

In fact, the Middlesbrough-born man went on to make just three appearances for the club – costing roughly £3.33m per outing and £2.2m per minute in relation to his transfer fee – with his total competitive playing time reaching just 22 minutes in all.

Unsurprisingly, the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini in the hot seat later that year saw the forward turfed out on loan to the Riverside Stadium for the 2018/19 campaign, before he was shipped out again the following year to Queens Park Rangers.

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13 league goals during his stint at Lotus Road piqued the interest of Norwich City who snapped him up on a permanent deal in the summer of 2020, although after playing his part in the Canaries’ promotion push last term – for which he was dubbed a “leader” by Daniel Farke – he has since again been resigned to temporary moves to both West Bromwich Albion and – currently – Cardiff City for the 2021/22 season.

On a personal note, having risen through the football pyramid from non-league level to the Premier League, the move to the Hammers would no doubt have been a major milestone, even though he failed to have the impact that he would have liked.

For the east Londoners, however, it begs the question of quite why they ever opted to fork out such a sizeable figure for him in the first place – as well as his reported £30k-per-week salary – particularly as they never even handed him the chance to try and make his mark.

At least they managed to recoup a reported figure of £5m when they moved him on to Carrow Road. Every cloud…

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Article title: West Ham: Moyes had a nightmare with Jordan Hugill signing

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