Alex Neil suggests he looked at signing Jordan Hugill from West Ham on loan

Preston North End's manager Alex Neil during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Stoke City at Deepdale on August 18, 2018 in Preston, England.

Former Preston North End forward Jordan Hugill moved to Middlesbrough on loan from West Ham United in the summer transfer window.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Bolton Wanderers at Deepdale on September 1, 2018 in Preston, England.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil has suggested to The Lancashire Post that he want to sign West Ham United-owned Middlesbrough forward Jordan Hugill in the summer transfer window.

Hugill joined Middlesbrough on loan from Premier League club West Ham in the summer after struggling to make an impact at the London Stadium during the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.

The 26-year-old forward moved to Hammers from Preston in January 2018 for a transfer fee reported by Football.London to be worth £10 million.

 

Neil worked with Hugill at Preston, and he has admitted that he did look into the possibility of signing the forward on loan in the summer transfer window.

“The loan fee attached to the move and the wages which were attached are not in the same stratosphere of where we are at,” Neil told The Lancashire Post about Hugill.

“I wasn’t surprised Jordan moved on from West Ham, he’s the type of lad who wants to play football. When it is made clear to a player that you won’t feature that much, naturally you need to move on to play.”

Jordan Hugill of  West Ham United during the Pre Season Friendly between Wycombe Wanderers and West Ham United at Adams Park on July 14, 2018 in High Wycombe, England.

Issa Diop praise

Meanwhile, former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has praised West Ham United central defender Issa Diop for his performance against Chelsea in the London derby this past weekend.

The 21-year-old central defender featured for the Hammers in their goalless draw with the Blues at the London Stadium in the Premier League this past Sunday.

Crooks wrote on BBC Sport while including Diop in his Premier League Team of the Week: “He was outstanding against Everton last week and was unlucky not to make my TOTW then.

“However, another outstanding performance by Issa Diop and a clean sheet - against Chelsea of all teams, having been battered in the opening exchanges - has not gone unnoticed.”

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