Report: West Ham try to beat Crystal Palace to Jordan Hugill

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Stoke City and West Ham United at Bet365 Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Stoke on Trent,...

Preston North End now face an even more difficult task to hold onto Jordan Hugill as Premier League duo West Ham United and Crystal Palace close in.

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...

With just a few hours of the transfer window remaining, it appears that we are none the wiser as to where Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill will be playing his football next month.

Leeds United have been linked with the powerful frontman all month but Crystal Palace had emerged of late as frontrunners to bring the Middlesbrough-born striker to the Premier League, as reported by the Mail.

It is understood that Palace have held talks with Hugill, who was omitted from the Preston squad for Tuesday’s clash with Nottingham Forest as speculation over his future intensified. Roy Hodgson’s side were reportedly willing to meet the 25-year-old’s £10 million asking price.

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.

But, out of nowhere, West Ham have suddenly appeared as another potential destination for a striker who has ten Championship goals to his name this season.

The Mail (live transfer blog, 2.09pm) reports that the Hammers have made a late effort to hijack Palace’s move for Hugill; so it can be expected that they should be willing to pay a nine-figure sum to get their man.

West Ham have been on the lookout for a new striker all month and, after letting Diafra Sakho return to France with Rennes, are facing a race against time to find a replacement.

Hammers supporters, then, would be forgiven for wondering whether there is an element of panic involved as Hugill has emerged as an eleventh hour target.

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...

Interestingly, Sky Sports claim that Crystal Palace have agreed a £9 million deal to sign Alexander Sorloth from FC Midtjylland but a deal is on hold until the Danish side find a replacement.

If a deal for Sorloth goes through, however, West Ham could have a clear run at Hugill.

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