Jordan Hugill has certainly made the headlines in The Championship recently as he continues to look for a move away from Deepdale before Thursday’s transfer deadline. The 25-year-old striker has had his transfer request rejected by Preston with Alex Neil stating that he wants to keep his best players at the club. However, it may be difficult to keep an unhappy player at the club, and if a sizeable offer does come in, it could be difficult for the club to turn down.
We take a look at some teams that Hugill could potentially join if he does secure a move away.
Fulham allowed Sone Aluko to join Championship rivals Reading in the last few days for a fee of around £7.5 million and are subsequently in the market for a new striker and have money to spend. They are said to be interested in Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle but could be priced out of any potential deal for last season’s Championship top scorer as Rafael Benitez is said to want at least £18 million for the striker.
This could make Hugill an ideal second-choice for the Whites as he would be available for a much lower price and due to the fact he is unhappy at Preston, it may be a deal that is easier to get over the line. Slavisa Jokanovic has had similar players to Hugill at the club in the past such as Matt Smith who has since moved on to Queens Park Rangers so that shows that he could potentially be a player that could fit into Fulham’s style of play.
Leeds United are another team who are on the hunt for a new striker following Chris Wood’s departure to Premier League side Burnley for a fee of around £15 million. Thomas Christiansen’s side are said to have a serious interest in the striker, but it is yet to be seen whether they can get a deal over the line in the short amount of time that is left in the transfer window.
However, Leeds may not be as desperate to sign a striker as many people may think. They have had a superb start to the season with Kemar Roofe and new signings Ezgjan Alioski and Samu Saiz finding the back of the net on a regular basis. If they can keep up this sort of form, then they could replace the goals lost by Wood’s departure by themselves. However, if they could secure the services of Hugill, then they would have an even better chance of having a successful season.
Jaap Stam’s side have sprung into life in the transfer market in recent weeks after making a relatively slow start. Their top priority for the summer was keeping hold of star assets such as John Swift and Jordan Obita, and unless there is any significant movement before the window closes, this is something they have achieved. However, they have also added some quality players to their squads such as Sone Aluko and David Edwards.
Despite this, Stam is said to still be keen on adding one more striker to his squad, and the Royals have been linked with moves for both Hugill and Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira. Reading have reportedly bid £8 million for Hugill, but Preston are continuing to stand firm. The Lancashire club are said to want around £10 million for their main man, but this is not a figure that Reading are willing to offer.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are another team that have made an excellent start to their 2017/18 Championship campaign and are being talked in regards to being promotion contenders come next May. This is mainly because they have spent a significant amount of money assembling a squad that is capable of a promotion push and spent £15 million on FC Porto midfielder Ruben Neves alone.
Wolves remain very much in the market for a striker following the departures of both Joe Mason and Nouha Dicko who have joined Burton Albion and Hull City respectively, with Mason’s move being a loan deal. However, despite the fact they were interested in Hugill earlier in the summer, they appear to have now turned their attention elsewhere. This could be a move to keep an eye on if situations change as we approach Thursday’s deadline.
Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp is no stranger to getting business done on transfer deadline day, and you would not rule out the experienced manager getting another deal done before the window slams shut. Birmingham are another Championship club that were interested in securing Hugill’s signature, especially following the injury suffered to youngster Che Adams.
However, a move to Birmingham now looks increasingly unlikely for Hugill following the arrival of Isaac Vassell and Sam Gallagher at St Andrews from Luton Town and Southampton respectively. These additions have improved Redknapp’s squad significantly, and it is unlikely that they would be willing to spend around £10 million on yet another striker that they do not desperately need.