Middlesbrough loanee Jordan Hugill’s parent club West Ham United have named their price to make the deal permanent, with The Northern Echo reporting the Hammers are looking for a fee in the region of £10 million.
According to the report, the forward does not have a future at West Ham, and has since been offered to Middlesbrough. However, the Premier League club are looking for a figure around £10 million, the same price they forked out to Preston North End in January 2018.
Hugill has scored six goals in 31 league games for Boro this season, and recently lost his place in the side as manager Tony Pulis opted for two up front, with Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher leading the line. The 26-year old did return to the starting line up away at Villa Park however, as Middlesbrough lost 3-0.
As recently reported on The72, Pulis has ‘no intention’ of signing Hugill in the summer, instead turning their attention to other targets. Their transfer policy will obviously differ depending where they are playing their football next season. With the prospect of playing in the Premier League still a target, they would ultimately set their sights higher than Hugill given his lack of experience in the top flight.
If Boro were to continue in the Championship, it is difficult to see the Teessider’s returning to Hugill for next season, given his goal tally this season.
West Ham’s asking price may put off plenty of suitors, and may instead have to loan out the striker to another Championship side rather than to opt for a permanent sale.