West Ham is facing a battle in their mission to sign QPR’s Eberechi Eze from Crystal Palace, but the Hammers have a Hugill sized advantage.
Eberechi Eze has had an astonishing season in the Championship. The Englishman played so well he made it into the Championship team of the season despite QPR’s overall underwhelming campaign.
The 22-year-old’s performances have attracted the eyes of the Premier League and he looks set to have plenty of options to go too. It has been reported that Crystal Palace has even agreed on a deal to sign the youngster.
West Ham is not out of the race yet. The Hammers has a trump card which is yet to emerge in negotiations. Last season QPR had West Ham striker Jordan Hugill on loan and should want to keep him for longer after the season he had.
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Hugill had a brilliant season, scoring 15 goals and assisting 1 in 41 appearances over the course of the season. Despite not being able to force his way into the Hammers side, Hugill became a regular feature of the QPR side last season.
A QPR will be hoping to receive a fee of around £15 million for their prized asset in Eze. West Ham, however, could offer them a slightly smaller fee but include Hugill in the deal. This would whet the appetite of the R’s as they would only need to find a replacement for Eze and not Hugill as well.
Should Eze arrive at the London Stadium he would more than likely become a key member of the West Ham starting eleven. The Hammers struggled with their current attacking midfield options, Felipe Anderson was inconsistent and lacking in confidence. Manuel Lanzini had not been the same since his horrific ACL injury a couple of years ago.
Eze, however, would walk in the squad full of confidence after the back of a very productive season. The 22-year-old scored fourteen goals and assisted eight over the course of the season. Eze is also a fantastic ball carrier, completing 136 dribbles, more than any over player in the league.
David Moyes has scouted Eze on multiple occasions and fancies him to have a similar impact for West Ham as that of Jarrod Bowen. The Owners must back the managers choice and have all the ammunition to fire through negotiations.