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West Ham’s January transfer plans hit by transfer loss on flop striker

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West Ham’s January transfer plans hit by transfer loss on flop striker

As clubs begin to look to the January transfer window to provide their squad with a boost, West Ham will be doing so more than anyone. The Hammers have been disappointing to date this campaign, despite investing heavily in the summer. Their finances could take another blow with the sale of Jordan Hugill.

Signed in January 2018 from Preston North End for a reported £10 million, Claret and Hugh claim that West Ham will be prepared to accept a £4 million loss and sell him for as little as £6 million in the winter transfer market.

Currently on loan at Middlesbrough, the 26-year-old has finally found his shooting boots with four goals from 16 games as three goals have come in his past three appearances.

PRESTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 27: Middlesbrough’s Jordan Hugill during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Middlesbrough at Deepdale on November 27, 2018 in Preston, England. (Photo by Stephen White – CameraSport via Getty Images)

If he can keep up that form, Tony Pulis may look to make a move permanent but may push for an even cheaper deal in the circumstances. That would be even worse news for Manuel Pellegrini.

 

With such a loss on a transfer with just a 12 month turnaround, the Irons may not have the funds that they had initially hoped for if they are forced to accept such a substantial loss on the unwanted striker.

Pellegrini may be looking to add a striker in the window and the sale of Hugill would make perfect sense, but currently it looks bound to end in a financial loss.

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Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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