West Ham are believed to be willing to sell Boro’s on loan striker Jordan Hugill in the summer, but will hope to recoup the £10 million they forked out when they bought him a little over a year ago.
According to the Northern Echo, however, there are various mitigating factors that cast doubt on any potential permanent move for the forward.
One problem, according to the report, is that it remains to be seen whether manager, Tony Pulis, remains in charge for next season.
His contract runs out at the end of the season, and failure to gain promotion is likely to leave his position very much up in the air.
Boro’ have struggled badly recently, and if they remain a Championship side next term, both club and manager may see it as the right time to part ways and rebuild.
The report adds that, if that were to be the case, any new manager would likely want to shape the team around their own choice of players, and regardless, the requested fee would likely price the second tier side out of a deal anyway.
The other scenario is one that fans will be hoping for.
Boro get promoted, and as a new Premier League club, with all of the riches that come with it, they would likely set their sights higher than the former Preston player.
Either way, it leaves the player in limbo regarding his next move, but it should give the six-goal man (who is valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt) a point to prove during the run-in, which can only help Boro’s play-off bid.
With the Teessiders’ untimely slump — they have won only one of their last six league games — a play-off place that looked pretty much nailed on a short while ago, is now under serious threat.
They need to return to winning ways in a bid to calm the nerves of both players and fans, which means Hugill needs to rediscover his scoring touch, with the forward having not scored for over two months — his last goal came in Boro’s draw against Millwall on 19 January.
It is not a promising sign for a player who will be hoping to secure a long-term move in the summer, and unless there is an incredible turnaround, we think it is highly unlikely that he will be wearing a Boro’ shirt next season.
What are your thoughts on both the Pulis and Hugill situations? Is your play-off place under threat? Let us know what you think Boro’ fans…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!