As Leeds United’s striker pursuit drags on, fans are becoming more and more impatient and now the Whites are facing late pressure in the battle to sign West Ham United striker Jordan Hugill.

The Whites have been leading the race to secure a loan deal for the 26-year-old striker for a few weeks now, but according to journalist Alan Nixon, the Yorkshire club are facing late pressure from divisional rivals Queens Park Rangers to secure the signature of the forward.

According to Nixon, QPR are “still interested” in the powerful forward and will be looking to hijack Leeds’ move for the Middlesbrough-born forward over the course of the next few days.

Hugill first burst onto the scene in 2016 with Preston when he scored 12 goals in 44 games for the Lilywhites, establishing himself as Preston’s main man up top and a powerful force in the division.

But the 2017/18 campaign was a mixed one for Hugill, who started off the season in decent form with Preston, notching 8 goals in 27 appearances before making a big-money move to Premier League club West Ham.

Things didn’t quite work out for the former Gateshead striker in South London though, with the 26-year-old playing just 12 minutes all season as he found himself behind Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll in the pecking order at the London Stadium.

With new manager Manuel Pellegrini arriving this summer, it is clear that Hugill will play little part in the former Manchester City boss’ plans this season and so a Championship loan move is on the cards.

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