By Amir Mir
Aston Villa are currently not interested in signing Brentford striker Scott Hogan, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC Midlands football reporter Pat Murphy claimed on his personal Twitter account that despite five weeks of transfer speculation left, Villa are “as of yet not in” for the prolific goalscorer.
— Pat Murphy (@patmurphybbc) December 20, 2016
The Sun claimed that Villa striker Rudy Gestede will move to West Brom for £7 million, with manager Steve Bruce targeting Scott Hogan as his replacement.
The 24-year-old has scored 13 goals in 22 Championship games this season for a Bees side that is sitting in 14th place on 28 points in the table.
Salford-born Hogan has made 30 appearances in the Championship in all, scoring 20 goals, but injuries have kept him on the sidelines in recent seasons.
He has already played against Villa this term, featuring for 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw in the Midlands, but he failed to get on the scoresheet.
Additionally, he has found the back of the net on four occasions against promotion chasers Newcastle, Reading and Brighton.
Football Insider verdict:
Steve Bruce should not sign Hogan, in particular in the expense of Rudy Gestede, because rather than bring in more strikers to the club, he needs to balance the squad out. Villa will be missing three attackers from mid-January to the start of February, as Jonathan Kodjia, Jordan Ayew and Albert Adomah head off to the Africa Cup on Nations with their respective countries. This will leave an attacking void at the club, but only if one of the remaining attackers are sold, then Bruce should consider purchasing the 24-year-old. Otherwise, the promotion expert should stick to adding more creativity and defensive cover to the team.
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