Report: Wolves target Jordan Hugill hands in transfer request, Preston refuse to let him go

Wolves manager Nuno EspĂ­rito Santo looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolves have already had one bid for the Preston North End star rejected.

Newcastle player Isaac Hayden (l) is challenged by Jordan Hugill of Preston during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Preston North End at St James' Park on April...Newcastle player Isaac Hayden (l) is challenged by Jordan Hugill of Preston during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Preston North End at St James' Park on April...

Wolves’ pursuit of Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill took a twist after Sky Sports reported that the player has handed in a transfer request.

However, in a statement released on the club’s official website, Preston stated that the written request was turned down and that the 25-year-old would not be sold in this transfer window.

Nuno Espírito Santo manager of Wolves looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Wolverhampton at iPro Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Derby, England.Nuno Espírito Santo manager of Wolves looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Wolverhampton at iPro Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Derby, England.

Sky Sports’ report suggests that Wolves have already had an £8m bid rejected for Hugill, as have Championship rivals Reading.

The report also believes that Birmingham are among a host of other interested parties, while Chronicle Live say Sunderland want to reunite the player with his former PNE boss Simon Grayson.

Hugill has started the season in fine fettle for the Lilywhites, scoring three goals in five games in all competitions.

Jordan Hugill of Preston North End rounds David Stockdale of Brighton & Hove Albion to score the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and...

That form, along with 12 Championship goals last season, has caught the eye of a number of second-tier clubs.

Wolves need to bring in another front man after the Express and Star reported that the Molineux side had accepted a Hull City offer for Nouha Dicko.

But with Preston North End seemingly ready to dig their heels in with just two days of the window left to run, Nuno Espirito Santo may need to look for alternatives.

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