Report: QPR lead race to sign West Ham's Jordan Hugill on loan

TOPSHOT - Southampton's Gabonese midfielder Mario Lemina vies with West Ham United's English striker Jordan Hugill (2nd R) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham...

West Ham United are reportedly ready to let Jordan Hugill leave on loan this summer after a nightmare start to his London Stadium career.

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...

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (01/07; page 59), Queens Park Rangers are currently leading the race to sign Jordan Hugill this summer with West Ham ready to allow the striker to leave on loan for the coming campaign.

Hugill has endured a miserable spell since joining for £8 million in January - fee reported by The Sun on Sunday. After scoring 20 Championship goals in the previous 18 months, the 26-year-old made just three substitute appearances for the Irons after his arrival and found himself on the pitch for a combined 22 minutes - as shown by Whoscored.

TOPSHOT - Southampton's Gabonese midfielder Mario Lemina vies with West Ham United's English striker Jordan Hugill (2nd R) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham...

The Sun on Sunday (01/07; page 59) reports that the Hammers are ready to let Hugill leave on loan, and Steve McClaren is hoping to bring him to Loftus Road ahead of his first season with the R's

There is little question that the striker's stock has fallen significantly since his move to West Ham. It would probably not be a major surprise if he was given the green light to leave permanently if a club offered something like the seven-figure amount that the Irons paid, especially as Manuel Pellegrini was not the manager to bring him to the Hammers in the first place.

Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of Manchester City looks on from the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on May 8, 2016...

Hugill should be relishing the chance to leave temporarily. A great loan spell with QPR may not be enough to salvage his West Ham career - though there is no definitive reason to believe that the door is completely shut on him potentially forcing his way back into the club's plans in future - but it would certainly put him in the shop window.

And if West Ham can ultimately recoup anything like the amount they spent on him in January, then perhaps it would be best for all parties if the curtain was quickly brought down on Hugill's spell at the London Stadium.

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