West Ham United Land Championship Man As Latest Signing: Solution For Their Goal Scoring Woes?

West Ham United fell to yet another draw this season as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace at London Stadium this week. David Moyes was busy in the January transfer, trying to add some quality to his first team and took it late in the transfer window to announce just his second signing of the month.

The Hammers landed EURO16 winner Joao Mario on loan from Inter Milan earlier in the window but the manager also managed to pull out another signing before the deadline on Wednesday.

West Ham United announced the signing of Preston North End star Jordan Hugill on a four and half year deal on the last day of January. The fee for this deal is undisclosed but who is Hugill and what will he bring to West Ham?

Having already played for 10 different clubs in the country since his first senior appearance back in 2008, Hugill finally managed to cement a place in the first team at Deepdale, since his move to the club in 2014.

He has already made 100 Championship appearances, where he has 23 goals and four assists to his name. A CF, who can also play as a support striker, the 25-year old is a perfect fit for the English game. He is quick and strong in the final third, where he can not only beat defenders in the air but can also find the back of the net if given any space or time on the ball.

He lives on crosses into the box and though has to improve on his hold up play, can act as a target man for his side. At 25, he has gathered loads of experience on the road and will be a decent signing for West Ham.

The Hammers are desperate for some attacking quality, more so after they got rid of Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho, both of whom have been struggling this season. Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll are the only options to lead the line at the moment for David Moyes, who will need Hugill to step up quickly.

The 25-year old is yet to play in the top flight and may take time to get into his stride under David Moyes. So it is a bit perplexing to see the manager spend on an unknown talent when there was an immediate necessity to strengthen the first team before the deadline day.

However, the former Manchester United manager decided t go through with the deal, which might mean that the manager has seen something impressive in the former Preston man. Do you think he can add goals to this West Ham side?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti

Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

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