West Ham United striker Jordan Hugill has moved to Championship club Middlesbrough on a season-long loan after completing just 22 minutes of Premier League football for the Hammers.
Hugill signed from Preston North End in a deal reportedly worth close to £10 million at the end of the January transfer window earlier this year, with former manager David Moyes deciding that the target man was going to be a valued option for the east London club.
However, after just 22 minutes in a Hammers shirt, new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has deemed the striker unworthy of a place in his squad heading into the 2018/19 campaign and has allowed Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis to bring him to the Riverside club.
The move was announced on the West Ham United website with a short quote simply saying: “Everyone at West Ham United would like to wish Jordan all the best for his season-long loan at Middlesbrough.”
The 26-year-old’s move to the Premier League side came as a surprise last season with many wondering if the forward was worth the transfer fee that exchanged hands between the Hammers and Preston.
Hugill scored 30 goals in 114 matches throughout all competitions for Preston, averaging a goal every 0.26 games.
His only honours to date include winning the League One playoffs with Preston and being acknowledged as ‘Young Player of the Year’ at former club Port Vale back in 2014.
With ‘Boro boss Pulis known for his direct approach to football, Hugill may find he has more success and opportunities under the guidance of the former West Bromwich Albion coach.
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