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Birmingham City target 12-goal Championship striker linked with Wolves

Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp is keen on signing Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill this summer, according to The Mirror.

Birmingham announced the signing of Barnsley defender Marc Roberts this morning and are new eyeing Hugill as part of a double swoop.  It is understood that the striker wants to leave Preston this summer following the departure of manager Simon Grayson.  Grayson was appointed as Sunderland’s new boss on Thursday.  Preston have already been linked with former Norwich City manager Alex Neil.

Hugill, 25, scored 12 goals in 44 Championship games for Preston last season as the club finished 11th in the overall league table.  He finished just ahead of Callum Robinson in the club’s goal-scoring charts, scoring 13 in all competitions to Robinson’s 11.

Hugill has also been linked with Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer, as newly-appointed Nuno looks to make additions to his squad.

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The striker began his career in the lower leagues of English football and also spent two years at the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain.  Hugill then signed for League One side Port Vale in 2013.  He was sent on loan to Conference Premier League side Gateshead and scored five goals in seven games before returning to Port Vale.

In June 2014, after five goals in 24 games for Port Vale, Hugill decided to leave at the expiry of his contract and sign a deal with Preston North End.  He was sent out on loan twice as Preston were promoted to the Championship, but has played regularly for the first-team since.

Hugill has one year left on his contract so Preston may be tempted to cash-in on the striker this summer, especially as he wants to leave.

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