Leeds must step up chase for West Ham's Jordan Hugill

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United have been linked with a loan move for West Ham United's Jordan Hugill.

West Ham United's Jordan Hugill

West Ham United have a few logs on the fire as far as transfer go - and it's potentially interesting for Leeds United.

The Hammers could very well snap up both Sebastien Haller and Borja Iglesias very soon if rumours are to be believed.

Both are strikers and it would effectively confirm that Jordan Hugill has no future in East London.

The Sun have reported that Leeds want the veteran forward on loan - and here's a few reasons why it's time for Director of Football Victor Orta to get serious about signing him.

 

Early bird catches the worm

This is a proven and well-thought-of Championship striker. In other words, Leeds will almost certainly NOT be the only second-tier club interested.

The quicker Orta acts, the more chance there'll be that Hugill - a £10 million signing by the Irons [The Sun] - ends up at Elland Road.

Three of a kind

Between them, Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford missed quite a bit of football last season. Together, they managed 56 Championship games. If the United duo suffer similar injury problems this season then Marcelo Bielsa will find himself up a well-known creek, particularly if they're ever absent at the same time.

A third striker is essential for the Whites and if someone of Hugill's vintage is available, the West Yorkshire side would be fools to overlook him.

Leeds United's Kemar Roofe during the Sky Bet Championship match between  City and Leeds United at Liberty Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Reliability

Over the past three seasons, Hugill has clocked 108 Championship appearances for Preston and Middlesbrough.

He is a very reliable striker in terms of being available and by virtue of the shopping list of injuries that Leeds endured last season, players like Hugill taken on a greater importance.

The 27-year-old isn't the most prolific of marksmen, hence why he hasn't been given a sniff in the Premier League with West Ham, but he is constantly fit.

If he was there last season, would Leeds have gone up? It's impossible to know, but it's food for thought and it's a question Bielsa needs to ask himself.

Jordan Hugill of Middlesbrough shoots during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace at Riverside Stadium on October 31, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.

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