Jordan Hugill, who is currently on loan at QPR from West Ham, could be sold by his parent club in January despite his strong start to the season.
Football Insider reported that the Hammers are ready to sell the 27-year-old in the upcoming transfer window as they don’t see a future for him at London Stadium.
According to Football Insider, West Ham have no plans to recall Hugill from his current loan move and are likely to sell him either in January or, if no bidder can be found, at the end of the season, even though he is contracted to the Hammers until 2022.
Hugill has been in fine form since joining QPR on loan, scoring six times in 11 Championship appearances – only three players have more goals in the division so far this season. [via WhoScored]
Therefore, it would not be surprising if a few Championship clubs were to try and sign him permanently in January, knowing that West Ham would be happy to have him off their books.
QPR themselves may feel that a bid to make his loan move permanent in the winter transfer window would be worth pursuing, especially if Hugill can maintain his current scoring ratio throughout the rest of 2019.
That, however, is the crux of the matter – while the 27-year-old has had a good start to the campaign, he tends to blow hot and cold in front of goal.
Even within the current campaign, Hugill has had peaks and troughs – having scored on the opening day, he went on to hit four goals in three games at the end of August, but then drew a blank in his next four before netting against Blackburn last weekend.
QPR would very likely wish to keep Hugill if he can maintain his current ratio of 0.55 goals per game this season into January.
However, if they are unable to table a permanent bid for him and other clubs notify West Ham of their interest to buy, losing Hugill may not be disastrous.
His form can waver wildly, while Nahki Wells has been in even better scoring form. His goal against Blackburn at the weekend was his sixth in the league and seventh in total this season. So long as the R’s have him scoring, they should be able to absorb the potential mid-season loss of Hugill.
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