West Ham sign Hugill from Championship club Preston

Jordan Hugill of Preston North End celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Preston North End at Amex Stadium on October

Leeds United battling with Crystal Palace for Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill

The 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year contract with the Hammers after completing an £8million transfer on January deadline day.

Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace is tackled by Joao Mario of West Ham United during the Premier League match at London Stadium.

West Ham sold Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho and bought Jordan Hugill from Preston, but is it enough? We got on the train at lunchtime and I couldn't tell you what happened, it's all been a blur! "I am ready to fight for my place, and hopefully if they can bring another quality player in, it will be more than welcome".

"It's wonderful to know I'm a Premier League footballer": Jordan Hugill.

'It's awesome 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 fantastic.

"I know a lot about West Ham and its history".

"He will be a loss there's no doubt about that because we know what he brings to the team but we have already shown what we can do when he isn't in the team and it's an opportunity for the other players". Upton Park spoke for itself and now the big move here which was a brilliant thing.

Preston wanted a fee worth £8m and West Ham are believed to have agreed a fee close to the figure the Championship side demanded for Hugill. Along with Leeds and Palace, Reading have also been credited with an interest in the former Gateshead loanee, but the Royals are poised to sign Chris Martin on loan from high-flying Derby County.

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