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Texas Iron 6:38 Wed Jan 31
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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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Dr Moose 4:16 Mon Jun 4
Re: Hugill
If Preston were smart they'd have insisted on a sell on clause. It was plainly obvious Hugill was never going to get a chance and we'd end up selling him for less than what we paid plus Preston make even more money from the deal in a sell on.

El Scorchio 4:14 Mon Jun 4
Re: Hugill
She'll blame everyone but Sullivan and herself.

Standard behaviour.

scott_d 2:33 Mon Jun 4
Re: Hugill
Looking forward to hearing KB slag him off once he's loaned out to a Championship Club.

Any Old Iron 2:23 Mon Jun 4
Re: Hugill
I hope we kept the receipt.
Time to ask for a refund as he hasn't been used and didn't fit.

DukeofDevo 10:45 Sun Jun 3
Re: Hugill
A complete waste of time for him and the club

Wasted money on a deal that would have been better spent elsewhere. No problem with Hugill no player would have turned the move down and he’s barely been given any game time anywhere! Should have at least given him a start in the cup or the U23s

Hope the experience hasn’t affected him!

geoffpikey 10:05 Sun Jun 3
Re: Hugill
Got married? At least he's scored.

I've heard about grubby magazine publishers paying millions for Jordan's Wedding before, but fmob.

Full Claret Jacket 6:29 Sun Jun 3
Re: Hugill
Everyone is caning Sullivan but maybe Moyes also had a hand in furnishing one of his old clubs with an obsene amount of money for him. I don't blame the player, anyone with ambition would have wanted the move and I genuinely think he has good character and would work hard but not seeing evidence he is a Premier League player and if you cost that much you have to produce.

Gavros 4:40 Sun Jun 3
Re: Hugill
Got married yesterday.

Good timing before he's sent back up north.

Takashi Miike 9:33 Wed Apr 18
Re: Hugill
stop thinking these deals are mistakes. everything these cunts do is calculated and for a reason, everything

camel-with-3-humps 4:06 Wed Apr 18
Re: Hugill

He’s ready to be farmed out, apparently. What a fucking mess.

This is the ultimate evidence that Sullivan is a pea-brained turd unfit to manage transfers.

He’s also a coward, who blames others for his ineptitude. A vile character.

Pop Robson 2:35 Tue Apr 17
Re: Hugill
If he'd stuck with Preston he'd might have scored the goals that take them up

They're only 3 points behind 6th millwall

Still he'll be earning shed loads more and may go back on loan next season win win for him

claypole 9:28 Tue Apr 17
Re: Hugill
The recruitment of this player was backed up by a dossier compiled by young Sullivan ( the one in charge of ladies football) cutting his teeth in the transfer game before he comes in fulltime.

Johnson 9:16 Tue Apr 17
Re: Hugill
I think Sullivan was desperate to buy someone as he claimed he would buy but not spend money so we got this chump in for far less than we claim we’ve spent on him to appease moron fans who believe everything the board says, camel.

It’ll literally be that simple.

One McAvennieeeeee 9:12 Tue Apr 17
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Jasnik 8:18 Mon Apr 16
Re: Hugill
The real problem here is his head is too small for his body.

Mike Oxsaw 7:57 Mon Apr 16
Re: Hugill
I'm about finding the motivation for this transfer as difficult as that which called off the protest march.

Personally, I don't think football was the primary motive here, but I hesitate at suggesting tax avoidance or money laundering; maybe a few brown envelope back-handers, but that's up to the authorities to deal with.

It was never going to be of any on-pitch benefit.

camel-with-3-humps 5:47 Mon Apr 16
Re: Hugill
So what really happened on this Hugill debacle?

My guess is Hugill, having an over-inflated opinion of his abilities, sent his agent out to throw some chum into the waters of the transfer market.

While the other big fish circle cautiously, Sullivan can’t resist - and rears up for the big bite.

The instincts of the predator lurk deeply.

Sullivan, who negotiated shopkeepers into selling porn photos, loves the thrill of the chase. A wheeler, a dealer, a barrow boy come good .... he just can’t help himself. It’s all psychology.

Once a porn salesman, always a porn salesman. It’s just this time he’s buying and selling footballers, rather than porn.

Italian hammer 4:55 Mon Apr 16
Re: Hugill
This reminds me of David Connolly.
We could have brought back Frddy Sears.

Swiss. 4:31 Mon Apr 16
Re: Hugill
is an anagram for ill hug

Private Dancer 4:28 Mon Apr 16
Re: Hugill
Allen you CUNT.

Johnny Allen 4:18 Mon Apr 16
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