Preston North End are in advanced talks with West Ham United over the signing of Jordan Hugill according to Football Insider.

It is believed that West Ham are open to selling the 27-year-old who has struggled for opportunities at the London Stadium.

The London side are rather short in attacking areas with the release of Andy Carroll and departures of Marko Arnautovic and Lucas Perez.

Alex Neil’s side pushed for promotion last season but ultimately fell short as they finished outside the play off places. However, next season they will be looking to go one better as they build a squad capable of competing at the higher echelons of the Championship.

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The deal is thought to be a permanent one with West Ham preferring to sell rather than loan the striker. The striker joined West Ham from Preston for £8million during the winter transfer window in 2018, but he has made only three first team appearances for the Hammers.

Hugill has found playing time difficult to come by and spent last season on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough.

In his previous spell at Deepdale, Hugill was a real fans’ favourite as he scored 30 goals in over 100 appearances and the fans will be delighted should it be confirmed he is returning to the club for a second spell.

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Preston are looking to improve in their attacking area following the departure last week of forward Callum Robinson to Sheffield United and are wasting no time in obtaining his replacement as they bid to add goals to their team ahead of the 2019/20 Championship campaign.

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