Jordan Hugill reportedly set for early West Ham exit, move a mistake for all

Jordan Hugill of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United at Amex Stadium on February 3, 2018 in Brighton, England.

West Ham United are reportedly set to sell striker Jordan Hugill.

Jordan Hugill of West Ham United battles for possession with Gaetan Bong of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United at...

West Ham United are set for a host of changes this summer, and The Times report that a host of players are primed for the exit after Manuel Pellegrini's arrival as manager.

The Hammers are reportedly set to let Andy Carroll, Reece Burke, Edimilson Fernandes and Sam Byram leave the club this summer as Pellegrini pursues reinforcements, and Jordan Hugill is also on that list.

Hugill, 25, only joined West Ham from Preston North End in January, with the Hammers paying £10m to land the centre forward (BBC Sport), but he could already be facing the exit door.

A former non-league striker, Hugill hit 30 goals in 114 games for Preston and impressed in the Football League with his work rate and physical attributes, though technically there were always questions over his suitability for the Premier League.

Jordan Hugill of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United at Amex Stadium on February 3, 2018 in Brighton, England.

Since being snapped up by David Moyes, Hugill has remarkably played just 22 minutes of Premier League action for West Ham, and didn't feature at all in April or May.

Now, it seems that Hugill – who is contracted with West Ham until the summer of 2022 – is now set to leave the London Stadium already, in a move which simply hasn't paid dividends for anybody.

Hugill has barely featured and may be forced to up sticks again this summer, just months after heading down to London; West Ham may lose money on their January investment after barely using him, whilst Preston missed out on the Championship play-offs and may just feel that they could have got over the line with Hugill still in their squad.

A move back to Preston is almost impossible due to the money now involved, but one of the Championship's big spenders may well be keen on Hugill, and it would appear that West Ham are ready to cut short the striker's stay in what has been a disastrous move.

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