Report claims Leeds United have made £8 million move for Preston's Jordan Hugill

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Leeds United are said to be the first of Hugill's suitors to step up their interest.

Preston North End's Jordan Hugill during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Birmingham City at Deepdale on January 20, 2018 in Preston, England.

The Daily Mirror reports on page 47 of its printed edition on Tuesday that Leeds United have 'made an £8 million move' for Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill.

It is claimed Leeds are the first of Hugill's suitors - who are also said to include Reading and Bristol City - to 'step up their interest.

According to The Sun, however, the 25-year-old is on the verge of joining Crystal Palace for an identical fee.

The Daily Mirror reports Preston want at last £10 million for Hugill, who has hit double figures for the second season running.

And any such Leeds move would come as some surprise, given what Angus Kinnear, United's managing director, told BBC West Yorkshire Sport last Wednesday.

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United (3L) looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Asked why the Whites could not go in with an offer of £8-or-9-million plus £20,000-a-week for Hugill, for example, Kinnear said: "Well I think it's not that we couldn't, because I think we have the potential to do that. But it's about making sure we get value for the player.

"I think that, when you look into the market place at the minute and we look at players and we assess whether they can make the type of impact that we need across the rest of the season, and then look at the financials around the deal - it's about assessing whether you can get value.

"And a lot of the names that have been suggested in the press I don't think have the potential to deliver - or are significantly better than what we have currently.

"And I also think they would be a departure from our model of being able to operate sustainably from a financial perspective."

Jordan Hugill of Preston North End celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Preston North End at Amex Stadium on October...

Middlesbrough-born Hugill arrived late into league football, joining Port Vale from Whitby Town four-and-a-half-years ago.

And it was Simon Grayson, the former Leeds boss, who took him to Preston 12 months on.

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