Middlesbrough have announced via their official website that they have signed West Ham United forward Jordan Hugill on a season-long loan deal.

It had been reported on The 72 earlier today that West Ham United’s Jordan Hugill was undergoing a medical at Middlesbrough ahead of a loan move to The Riverside.

The former-Preston North End striker has endured a difficult time since joining the Hammers for nearly £10 million in January. He has made just three appearances from January onwards, each coming on as a substitute. Overall he played a total of 22 minutes in the Premier League.

Prior to that Hugill scored eight goals and registered two assists for Preston between August and January before his big money move, and was one of the stand out players for The Lilywhites in the 2017/18 campaign.

Although there is no denying his quality, Hugill hasn’t found his feet at The London Stadium as yet and a loan move could benefit both the Hammers and the striker indefinitely.

The 26-year old grew up a Middlesbrough fan, and was a season ticket holder for a number of years prior to his footballing career. He played for teams based in the North-East before joining the Football League with fourth tier side Port Vale, with spells at Marske, Consett and Whitby.

The striker will wear the number 11 shirt, vacated by the departed Patrick Bamford who left for Leeds United earlier this transfer window. Pulis had expressed his desire to replace Bamford, and Hugill looks to be the man to do just that.

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