Plenty of eyebrows were raised when The Hammers completed the signing of Hugill for a hefty £8 million on the final day of the winter transfer window last year, as reported by The Mail.
An aggressive if limited centre-forward had a decent record in the Championship with Preston, scoring 12 goals in 44 games in the 2016/17 campaign, but there was little to suggest that he had the talent to find the net regularly in the Premier League.
As it transpired, Hugill was never really given a chance to prove the doubters wrong. He made just three cameo appearances for The Hammers before returning to the second tier via a loan move to boyhood club Middlesbrough last summer.
And, according to The Sun, Hugill is unlikely to add to his three games in West Ham colours.
Instead, Preston are set to bring back a striker they signed all the way in June 2014 with manager Alex Neil believing that the 27-year-old could be key to his team’s chances of reaching the play-offs at least.
Considering that none of Preston’s centre forwards scored more than six last season, Hugill might be the missing piece in a talented squad.
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