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Forget Hugill: Sheffield Wednesday much better off attempting to launch ambitious striker raids

According to Football.London, Sheffield Wednesday have set their sights upon landing West Ham striker Jordan Hugill this summer. 

Hugill only arrived at the London Stadium in January 2018, following a £10 million deal taking him from then-Hammers manager David Moyes’ old stomping ground, Preston North End.

Hugill failed to establish himself in the West Ham set up over the second half of the season, managing only 3 Premier League appearances, and never finding the net. 

The 26-year-old English forward now looks set for a return to the Championship, with Wednesday reportedly leading the charge for his signature.

Before the Owls commit to a deal though, they might want to consider some of these talented alternatives.

Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah enjoyed a breakout campaign for Arsenal last season, with the 19-year-old making 10 appearances in all competitions (including as many Premier League run outs as Hugill managed).

His brightest moment for the Gunners undoubtedly came in only his second appearance, when he was a late substitute in a Carabao Cup tie with Norwich City. Nketiah scored with his first touch, seconds after making his entrance, and bagged a second to win the game late on. 

Sheffield Wednesday would struggle to get Nketiah on a permanent move, but a loan deal at this time could serve both parties well. 

Saido Berahino

This one would admittedly be a gamble. There’s definitely a very talented striker in there somewhere though.

There’s also a good chance that Wednesday would be able to get him from Stoke for a good price, as the Potters must be desperate to move him on.

Of course, Berahino has been playing poorly for a long while now, and is without a goal in any competition since the 2015/16 campaign.

If the Owls could get him going again at Championship level though, he could fire them up the table. 

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