Two Championship clubs interested in Scott Hogan

Two Championship clubs interested in Scott Hogan

Two Championship clubs are interested in signing Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan according to reports.

The 26-year-old has been told by Villa that he is free to leave on loan until the end of the season, and it is believed that Bristol City and Sheffield United are leading the race to secure his signature.

Lee Johnson is in the market for a new striker to compete with Famara Diedhiou and Hogan is one of a few names linked, with Sheffield United’s Leon Clarke also another name reportedly on their radar. 

The Blades are also still keen to add a striker despite adding Gary Madine to their ranks this month. With Clarke potentially leaving they will want to replace him and add one more player to compete with Madine, Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick as they push for promotion.

United were also interested in signing the Republic of Ireland international in the summer, and were reportedly open to making him their highest paid player. Hogan himself was keen on making the move too, but the then manager Steve Bruce – now in charge of their rivals Sheffield Wednesday – ended up blocking the transfer and keeping hold of the striker.

Hogan himself spoke afterwards of the events in the summer. He said: “I wasn’t allowed to leave. He was adamant that he didn’t want me to go, he said I had a future playing as a striker and I was assured we were going to change the way we were playing.”

But that has failed to materialise. Instead Bruce was sacked and Hogan has made just six appearances in the Championship this term, none of which have been starts and in total has played just 68 minutes of first team football this term.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is a known admirer of Scott Hogan

Now it appears that he is surplus to requirements at Villa Park with Tammy Abraham – who opted to stay despite interest from Wolves – and Jonathan Kodjia both ahead of him in the pecking order.

Hogan joined Aston Villa back in 2017 for a fee of £9 million – potentially rising to £12 million. At the time he was one of the best strikers in the Championship having scored 21 times in 33 second tier appearances for Brentford and there was genuine excitement at Villa Park about his arrival.

But it simply hasn’t worked out for the former Rochdale man who has scored just 10 goals in 60 appearances for the Villians, with only seven of those coming in the league.

He could now finally end up at Bramall Lane, but Bristol City could also be an attractive proposition with they themselves fighting for promotion this season. Whether Dean Smith will allow one of his players to join a rival club remains to be seen though, with Aston Villa themselves still in with a chance of reaching the play-offs this season.