West Ham United completed the signing of target man Jordan Hugill from Championship side Preston North End on deadline day for a reported £8million - and Preston fans are delighted after raking in the seven-figure fee.
The Daily Mail claimed on deadline day that the Hammers had splashed out £8million to sign the 25-year-old target man, who has found the back of the net 10 times this season already.
The Hammers endured a frustrating January transfer window that has been highlighted by the club's huge injury list, with a whole host of attacking stars currently sidelined including Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic.
However, they did manage to lure Inter Milan attacker Joao Mario to the London Stadium on loan while Hugill replaces the £18million loss of Andre Ayew who has returned to former side Swansea City where brother Jordan plays.
Instead of being disheartened at losing their star striker, Preston are instead delighted to rake in such a transfer fee after already luring striker Louis Moult to Deepdale from Motherwell, after he scored 14 in 22 for the Well this season.
One fan described the fee as "good money".
#pnefc did the right thing for me. Did their business early got players in without being held to ransom. Hugill was always likely to go with contract winding down. Good money for him. Club on even keel financially but some fans don’t seem to get we will have to sell to be stable— Chris Trucks (@chrisidaho) February 1, 2018
£9m in cash...Hugill in the prem. Absolutely cannot argue with that. Exceptional business given that he'd have gone for 3m in summer.— Ed Smethurst (@edsmethurst86) February 1, 2018
Remember when Garner left, we were wondering what next and up stepped Hugill. No excuses. Over to you Lads! #pnefc
Hugill to West Ham for circa £10m! Silly money. Over-inflated price tag. Good lad, gives his all, good luck. The money in modern football is just ridiculous. Premiership spend is wasteful...but the lower tier teams who get it are grateful! #pnefc— IEngineer_CAH (@IEngineer_CAH) February 1, 2018
Good luck to Jordan Hugill, I want his agent in the next lot of pay negotiations. Will be sorely missed #pnefc— Ben Astley (@astley_ben) February 1, 2018
Fair play we got a good price for Hugill...In the last fans forum they said we where getting ready for the premier league...yeah I doubt it...somethings will never change at north end...there’ll be no premier league whilst we remain a selling club #pnefc— Jack Clayton (@JMC2803) February 1, 2018
Great bit of business, it's time the town woke up and got behind the team! COYW!— Ashleigh Cartwright (@AshyOlivia) February 1, 2018
Give our own youth a try and push on. We may miss out this year, we may push on... Hugill wanted to go and he now has. No point panic buying or paying over the odds in January.
New signings are ace!