West Brom and Leeds United are both reportedly keen on signing out of favour West Ham striker Jordan Hugill.
According to the Daily Star, cited by the Bristol Live, both clubs have joined fellow Championship sides Bristol City, Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic in the race to secure the forward’s services ahead of the new season.
West Brom are keen on bolstering their attacking options further after the signing of Kenneth Zohore from Cardiff City last week, while Leeds are looking to bring in another goalscoring option to challenge Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford.
Hugill, 27, spent last season out on loan with Middlesbrough, scoring seven times as ‘Boro narrowly missed out on a playoff spot.
The Hammers are reportedly willing to take a 50% cut on the £10 million fee they paid Preston North End for the striker 18 months ago, with the deadline closing in just over two weeks time.
So if the Baggies are serious about signing the powerful forward, they may well have to act fast or risk losing out to a Championship rival for Hugill’s services.
Four more strikers West Brom could target
Bonatini was key in Wolves’ Championship title-winning squad two years ago and looks to be available this summer. The Brazilian certainly knows where the back of the net is in the second tier.
It remains to be seen if Gayle is in Steve Bruce’s Newcastle plans next season, but if he isn’t, the Baggies could explore the possibility of bringing the striker back to The Hawthorns.
Middlesbrough’s Assombalonga would be more expensive than Hugill, however, he would certainly provide a more serious goal threat.
Former West Brom striker Roofe is entering the final 12 months of his current Leeds United deal and could be available in a cut-price deal.