Jordan Hugill is in contention to make his debut for West Ham at the Amex.

But Albion could have been up against Islam Slimani from Leicester.

Hugill, the striker developed by Micky Adams at Port Vale, arrived at the club on Wednesday before the transfer deadline and, alongside the fit-again Michael Antonio, is available to strengthen David Moyes' attacking options.

Hugill scored early when Preston forced a 2-2 draw at the Amex last season.

He secured his move to West Ham late on Wednesday.

Hammers boss Moyes has revealed the club were close to taking Slimani on loan from Leicester but he instead went to Newcastle.

Moyes said it was sacked director of recruitment Tony Henry who recommended West Ham sign Africans Slimani and Ibrahim Amadou, and that controversial comments he allegedly made came as a "massive shock".

The club sacked Henry yesterday after the Daily Mail claimed he said they no longer wanted to sign African players because "they have a bad attitude" and "cause mayhem" when not selected.

West Ham said in a statement that he was dismissed "following his unacceptable comments that were widely reported," and also added: "We will not tolerate any type of discrimination."

Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini are close to returning from thigh injuries but remain sidelined today, alongside Andy Caroll (foot), Jose Fonte (ankle), Winston Reid (groin), Pedro Obiang (knee), Edimilson Fernandes (ankle) and the suspended Arthur Masuaku.