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Texas Iron 6:38 Wed Jan 31
Hugill Deal completed
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West Ham United are delighted to confirm the signing of centre forward Jordan Hugill.

The 25-year-old arrives in east London from Championship club Preston North End after putting pen to paper on a four-and-a-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The Middlesbrough-born striker, who is enjoying the most prolific season of his career, is delighted to have joined the Hammers and cannot wait to test himself in the Premier League.

“I'm absolutely delighted!” said Hugill, who will wear the No12 shirt. "It's been a long day, but to get this over the line is amazing for me and it's now a new challenge for me and hopefully I can bring what I did at Preston here and show what I can do. We got on the train at lunchtime and I couldn't tell you what happened, it's all been a blur!

"It's amazing to know I'm a Premier League footballer, to know where I've come from in the last five years to where I am now in the Premier League is amazing. I'm still pinching myself to see if it's all real, but hopefully I can bring my qualities from Preston here to West Ham. Without a doubt it's a huge opportunity and I'm looking forward to it.

"Wherever I have been in life, not just in football, but in whatever I do, I give everything. I'm going to give absolutely everything for this Club and for my teammates. It's a new challenge for me, playing in the Premier League, but they are going to get nothing less than 100 per cent.

"I know a lot about West Ham and its history. Upton Park spoke for itself and now the big move here which was a brilliant thing. The one thing that has struck me about watching West Ham over the years is the fan base that we've got. It's amazing how good the fans are here, so I'm looking forward to walking out at London Stadium and hearing the old Bubbles!"

A hard-working, physical centre forward who is dominant in the air and with his back to goal, Hugill is a graduate of the Glenn Hoddle Academy, where he spent a year honing his skills under the expert eye of the former England manager.

On returning to England, he played non-league football in his native North East with Whitby Town and Marske United before before moving into the professional game with Port Vale at the age of 21 in 2013.

After a brief but prolific loan spell with Conference Premier club Gateshead, Hugill returned to Vale Park and ended his single season in the Potteries by being voted Young Player of the Year.

Hugill moved to Preston in June 2014 before further honing his skills during loan spells with League Two sides Tranmere Rovers and Hartlepool United, scoring the goal which kept the latter in the Football League. He returned to Lancashire in May 2015 and was part of the North End squad which won promotion to the Championship by defeating Swindon Town at Wembley in the League One Play-Off final.

The 2015/16 season saw Hugill establish himself in the Preston starting XI and his form over the last two-and-a-half seasons has attracted attention from Premier League and Championship clubs alike.

Last term, he netted a career-high 13 times, finishing as the club’s leading scorer as the Deepdale club finished the season in eleventh place. And he has maintained that form this season, netting ten times in 29 appearances in all competitions.

We welcome Jordan to east London and wish him the very best in a West Ham United shirt.

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13 Brentford Rd 1:42 Sun Mar 18
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We have needed an effective Def midfielder for at least a year, someone who can sit infront of our defence, break up oppo play and set up attacks.
We also needed a replacement for Sakho and Carroll and another CB seeing as we set up with 3, sold Fonte and let Burke and Oxford go out on loan again leaving us with a perrma crock Reid, a 34 year old Collins who is often injured, a kid and Ogbonna.

We signed another att midfielder (on loan) a 36 year old freebie left back who was booted out his last club and a lump from the Championship who nobody had ever heard of who doesn't score many goals, who has played only 10 mins of football since his arrival because he's not actually that good.

Looks like the idiots thought we were safe on 27pts and have repeated the same mistakes as the last relegation with a lame duck manager.

stepney hammer 1:23 Sun Mar 18
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JayeMPee 11:35 Sun Mar 18

1 in 3 at Championship level. Hardly prolific even in the league below. He can run about and work his bollocks off all he wants, but the fact is he's a 'good' forward on his best day in the Championship. Why anyone thought this would be a good signing for a Premier League club (especially one in our situation) I dont know.

Even to those who believe he's one for the future (he's about to turn 26 by the way) you don't buy that sort of player in January when you're in a relegation battle. You buy someone who is proven and that can make an impact on your situation.

No amount of 'give him a chance' merchants on this thread making comparisons to the signing of Antonio or unfashionable signings from the 70's that came good will convince me this was anything other than a very, very poor last minute panic buy.

Even if we get relegated, chances are we'll need to buy someone better for next season as 1 in 3 doesn't get you promoted. Compare him to the likes of PL forwards who recently played in the Championship. Glen Murray, Tammy Abrahams, Chris Wood, Dwight Gayle etc. They piss all over him goalscoring wise.

Signings like this and other names that have been linked since Moyes has taken over are really concerning. Especially as Sully seems hell bent on giving him a long term deal as manager no matter how badly he fails.

El Scorchio 12:54 Sun Mar 18
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Sven- I would think it’s because Moyes doesn’t rate him. It’s the only explanation for buying someone for a fairly big fee and not even giving them a game.

If that’s the case then it was a big mistake. Conversely if we intentionally spent 10 million on someone with the plan they are only a squad player, then that’s unforgivable given how much we needed starters in several other position.

Either way it’s looking like a really stupid signing, and more and more so with every game that passes. Not good enough.

He will be sold before too long for a loss, and Sullivan will try and blame all of it on Moyes or Henry, or everyone but himself.

zico 12:03 Sun Mar 18
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May as well play 442 and bypass the midfield to him and Hernandez. The midfield has been pants so it's not the time to try and play pretty football, not that they do anyway.

Sven Roeder 11:41 Sun Mar 18
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Surprised he has been given little or no time in the games which have been well lost just to get him on the pitch.
He now will be coming in in a do or die situation under enormous pressure.
That said we have to come up with some structure to hold the ball up the pitch and create something
Hugill as a centre forward and Antonio as a right sided attacking player maybe?

Chip Shop Charlie 11:40 Sun Mar 18
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Stolen from KUMB;

In 2015 West Ham let Sean Maguire go on a free. He's scored six goals in his last six games for Preston North End, who he joined after scoring in all 14 games for Cork (his previous club) this season.
2017/18 ....played 32, goals scored 28

Meanwhile Jordan Hugill, who has a far inferior goal scoring record cost us 8m from the same club and has barely kicked a ball, whilst SM is banging them in on a regular basis.
2017/18 ....played 31, goals scored 10

Make of this what you will.

JayeMPee 11:35 Sun Mar 18
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Can't disagree with that Sven but we were told he was a hard worker who gave 100% and scores goals, must be worth a start surely.

Sven Roeder 11:32 Sun Mar 18
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Of course there is no blame attached to him at all

January was the time for a Hartson/Kitson type injection of ready to go players to save us however.

JayeMPee 11:28 Sun Mar 18
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Give the guy a break, he has barely kicked a ball for us and that is not his fault. Would like to see him start against the Saints as part of a very attack minded side. No point in going for 0-0 or even 1-0 now cos any premiership side are likely to score against our defence whoever we play there.

eusebiovic 12:20 Sun Mar 18
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Really £9m?

Who really knows?

happygilmore 11:08 Sat Mar 17
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He is living the dream. Free trip to Miami and drinking party games with AC.

Sven Roeder 11:01 Sat Mar 17
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I see that Tosun popped in a couple of goals for Everton today.
When they were short of goals they spent £27m on a striker and brought in Walcott for £20m to supply him

We sold Ayew for £18m and spent half of that on a Championship striker we don’t think is worth playing in a team that’s lost 3 games in row by 3 goals.

Buster 8:42 Sat Mar 17
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Meanwhile, back at Preston, Sean MAGUIRE has 9 in 17. This after 38 in 51 for Cork.

Could have saved us £12m, that.

Willtell 9:58 Mon Mar 12
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I blame our director of football. He clearly has an eye for something. Unfortunately though it's not players...

Westham67 9:13 Mon Mar 12
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jimbo2. 3:16 Mon Mar 12

Mace66 9:10 Mon Mar 12
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I’m with Jimbo, we clearly have a habit of picking up hidden talent !?

jimbo2. 3:16 Mon Mar 12
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El Scorchio, I think not! He might still turn out to be a good signing. We signed an unknown from Rochdale in 1975, Alan Taylor. He didn't play straight away but went on to score twice in the FA cup 6th round, 2 more in the SF and another 2 when we won the cup. He didn't turn out to badly!

Jose+ 3:02 Mon Mar 12
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......and there's some serious competition for the accolade.

El Scorchio 2:40 Mon Mar 12
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One of the most embarrassing and idiotic signings in the history of the club.

zebthecat 11:32 Sun Mar 11
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What busheyhammer said except at least they both got some playing time.
Hugiill won't unless we get relegated but if we go there his signing is pointless already.

Eddie B 11:04 Sun Mar 11
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What was the fucking point of them signing this fella?

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