The reliable Hammers news source claims that they have been informed by a club source that the northern England outfit could make a play to bring the 27-year-old back to Deepdale.
West Ham are ready to cut their losses on a player who never adapted to life at the London Stadium and who failed to impress during a loan spell with Middlesbrough this campaign.
It would be ideal if Preston did do as the Hammers are predicting and come in for Hugill this summer. The frontman never really settled at West Ham and it’s been clear for some time that he has no future with Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Even though the Chilean has moved on Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez this summer – and with uncertainty over Javier Hernandez’s future to boot – Hugill is still expected to be allowed out the London Stadium exit door as soon as someone comes in with a decent offer. Preston are yet to do that, of course, but they could well in the future. It certainly seems as if the Hammers are expecting them to attempt to rescue Hugill from his West Ham misery. That would be perfect, because he’s certainly not a Premier League striker. He’s never getting in the team ahead of Marko Arnautovic, is he? So, yes, it would be great if Preston were to make an official bid some time soon.