Norwich City transfer rumours: Negotiations under way for West Ham striker
PUBLISHED: 20:38 18 August 2020 | UPDATED: 21:01 18 August 2020
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West Ham striker Jordan Hugill could be the next player to join the refreshed Norwich City squad, with negotiations believed to already be under way.
The powerful forward joined the Hammers in January 2018 in a deal worth around £8million after a strong 18 months for Preston North End, scoring 23 goals in 76 games.
He only made three appearances as a substitute in the Premier League though before being loaned out to hometown club Middlesbrough following the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as West Ham manager.
Seven goals in 42 games made for a disappointing spell as Boro finished just short of the play-off places under Tony Pulis.
A return to the Championship followed last season and Hugill enjoyed a better campaign, scoring 15 goals in 41 games in all competitions for Queens Park Rangers - who are reportedly on the verge of signing striker Lyndon Dykes from Livingston for around £2m.
The Daily Mail claim West Ham have decided to try and recoup as much money as they can on 28-year-old Hugill and that a deal in the region of £5million could be reached for a player with two years remaining on his contract.
The reports come after a busy start to the week for City, bringing in Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp and Villarreal left-back Xavi Quintilla on loan, to take their total summer arrivals to nine with just under two months of the transfer window remaining.
There have been no major outgoings so far yet though, with the ‘crown jewels’ of Emi Buendia, Todd Cantwell, Max Aarons and Ben Godfrey yet to move on and Liverpool seeing a bid for Jamal Lewis turned down before turning their attentions elsewhere.
City are using a policy of buying before they sell though and it is expected that some players will be moving on following a disappointing top-flight relegation campaign, including striker Josip Drmic and midfielders Tom Trybull and Mo Leitner.
VERDICT: It’s understood the Canaries are keen on Hugill and £5million would seem to be the kind of fee City would be able to pay this summer after relegation from the Premier League.
The centre-forward could well play a similar role to that which Jordan Rhodes fulfilled so well during the Championship title-winning campaign of 2018-19, offering a different dynamic to Teemu Pukki.
The Finland star and academy product Adam Idah are currently poised to be the front line forward options, with Switzerland international Drmic already having admitted he may be on his way out, after a disappointing first season with the club.
With 42 goals in 176 appearances at Championship level Hugill has been a steady threat, if not prolific, but if he’s willing to fight for the cause he could have the tantalising prospect of being involved in a promotion chase ahead of him.
He was certainly respected as a threat during his Preston days, building a reputation as a hard working and determined striker with strong aerial ability.
The link to Hugill follows a link to young Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster from Goal.com earlier in the day, although that included Norwich in a long list of interested clubs, including several in the Premier League.