Leeds United have made an £8m bid for Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill, according to the Express via the Daily Mirror.

The Whites are keen on adding a new striker to their ranks this month and are long term admirers of the 25-year old.

Manager Thomas Christiansen is determined to bring in a more prolific striker to the club, with Kemar Roofe and Pierre Michel-Lasogga both struggling to find the net on a regular basis.

The former Port Vale forward has scored ten goals in all competitions this season, and his ability to occupy defenders has caught the eye of a number of clubs.

As reported by the 72, both Reading and Crystal Palace have also launched bids for Hugill. However, in a statement by Preston today they have denied reports that a fee had been agreed with anyone.

Hugill has eighteen months left to run on his current deal at North End and handed in a transfer request last summer in order to force a move away from Deepdale.

Preston currently sit 11th in the Championship table, just six points off a play off spot and are determined keep their most prized asset beyond the January deadline to help maintain their promotion push.

Hugill began his professional career at Port Vale, after spells at numerous Non-League sides, most notably Whitby Town. Before making an appearance for the first team, he was loaned out to Conference side Gateshead. He scored 5 goals in 7 games, in what was a break through loan spell for Hugill.

Shortly after his return to Vale, he made his first appearance in a 3-0 victory over Crawley. He went on to play 20 times for the Valiants, scoring 4 goals.

His impressive performances earned him a move to Preston in 2014. Before establishing himself in the North End first team, he had loan spells at Tranmere and Hartlepool.

It was last season where Hugill really made a name for himself. He scored 13 goals in the Championship last season, making him one of the most sought after strikers in the league.


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