West Ham will be forced to take a significant loss on the sale of Jordan Hugill if they are to get him off the books this summer, according to Football.London.
The football news outlet claim on their website that the 27-year-old has not attracted much attention from potential suitors and that the Irons will have to accept a bid significantly lower than the £8million price tag they reportedly secured his signature for back in January 2018.
The report states that Hugill’s exclusion from the squad travelling to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy is the final nail in the coffin of the striker’s career in east London, the former Preston man having managed to make just three first-team appearances for the Irons.
To say that Hugill’s move to the London Stadium has not worked out for West Ham would be an understatement of massive proportions. It was a surprise to see him signed by the Irons but perhaps no shock he has failed to make the grade in the Premier League. Had he been prolific in the Championship, you might have understood the Hammers taking a gamble on his capture but he has just 29 goals in 137 second-tier appearances – an average of a strike every 4.7 games. With West Ham seemingly needing funds to carry out more recruitment this summer, selling Hugill will be a priority but just how much of a loss can they afford to make on his exit? Accepting half of what they are said to have spent on his signature would see them pick up just £4million which in today’s market is what the likes of mid-table Championship sides are spending, let alone a Premier League side trying to finish in the top half.