Lancashire Evening Post Journalist Adam Lord has confirmed that Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill, who recently handed in a transfer request, has been training with the club today. The club remain adamant that he will not be leaving prior to this evening’s 11pm transfer deadline.
On Tuesday, the 25-year-old forward signalled his intentions to move away from Deepdale but making his feelings known to manager Alex Neil. However, the club responded with an official statement, saying he will not be sold in this transfer window and the club don’t appear to have shifted from this stance since.
Hugill, who began his career at Port Vale, has started the season strongly, netting three goals in six matches, including a brace in the Carabao Cup shock defeat to lower league Accrington Stanley earlier this month.
Birmingham City, Reading, Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers have all made their feelings known regarding their interest for the player. An £8million offer by Jaap Stam’s Royals was rejected a week ago, according to the Lancashire Evening Post. Birmingham City also saw two bids of their own, a lower prize, turned down earlier in the window as well, whilst Wolves’ interest is not as serious.
Therefore, it looks pretty plain and clear at this stage that Hugill will indeed be remaining a Lilywhite for the foreseeable future at least. It remains to be seen if the transfer request has done anything to possibly drop Hugill down the pecking order, although he is surely still viewed as the best striker at the club, although Sean Maguire has impressed since joining from Cork City.