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Hugill Joins as Youngsters Depart on Transfer Deadline Day for West Ham United

Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill hooked up with West Ham United on what was a busy Deadline Day for the club yesterday, with a series of departures to accompany the arrival.

The forward has netted close to 20 goals for the Lilywhites in just over 80 appearances in League One and the Championship for them, he is 25 years of age.

It will be the first time that Hugill has played in the Premier League, having made the transition from Non-League to join up with Port Vale, before making the move to Deepdale.

But, this wasn’t the only business that David Moyes’ side partook in at the very end of the January Transfer Window, as it was a frantic day in East London in one respect.

The first departure of Wednesday was the young defensive prodigy Reece Oxford re-joining Borussia Monchengladbach on loan for the rest of the season having been re-called earlier in the month by Moyes.

He was then followed by Development Squad vice-captain Moses Makasi, who travelled South to Plymouth Argyle in a deal that will see him return at the end of the 2017/2018 season.

The third and final loan saw centre-back Reece Burke, who had been temporarily re-called from the Macron Stadium, go back to Bolton Wanderers until the conclusion of the campaign.

Former club-record signing Andre Ayew was next after rumours had surrounded him for most of the month of January, he went back to former club Swansea City for another record fee.

The arrival of Hugill was not announced until around 30 minutes after the Deadline had slummed the Window shut, although the deal did get over the line in time.

The tall forward is Moyes’ second signing since his own arrival at London Stadium and he comes from the team which the Scottish Manager began his Managerial career, also representing them as a player and clearly holding up those relationships to this day.

While the cost of the Englishmen has been undisclosed, it’s been confirmed by Preston that it is a club record sale for them with rumours suggesting a fee of around £10 million.

Earlier in the month, the only other incoming, Joao Mario, joined on loan from Inter Milan as confirmed at the end of last week, having been frustrated with his lack of playing time in Italy.

The Portugal International and former European champion is only contracted with the Hammers until June, though there is a reported view to buy permanently at the end of the loan.

The only other permanent piece of business came in the form of Senegal International Diafra Sakho departing to join up with Rennes for a reported £8 million.

While, after the trio of Burke, Oxford and Josh Cullen had all been initially brought back to East London, fellow U23 starlet Martin Samuelsen was shipped out to Burton Albion for the rest of 2017/2018.

Two additional deals went through before the closing of the Window but were not announced until Thursday, Toni Martinez’s loan to Real Valladolid in his native Spain and the signing of young forward Oladapo Afolayan from National League outfit Solihull Moors.

But, as Deadline Night progressed another big story was breaking in the world of West Ham and this surrounded Director of Player Recruitment Tony Henry and allegations of racism and discrimination.

The reports came in the wake of a series of leaked Emails where he commented about not wanting to sign a player from Africa for specific reasons and about players from other Nations.

The Hammers, have just before 9 AM this morning, responded to the claims made against Henry with a release stating the below,

“The club can confirm that Director of Player Recruitment Tony Henry has been suspended pending a full and thorough investigation. West Ham United will not tolerate any type of discrimination and has, therefore, acted swiftly due to the serious nature of these claims.

“The West Ham United family is an inclusive one where, regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everybody feels welcome and included.

“The club will make no further comment until the investigation has been concluded.”