By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa have made a late move to hijack West Ham’s bid to sign striker Scott Hogan, according to a reliable journalist.

Guardian sport deputy news editor Ed Aarons took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to report that Villa and Crystal Palace were both keen on landing the forward from Brentford.

Hogan, 24, has been strongly linked with a move to West Ham for the majority of the January transfer window but the east London outfit could now face strong competition.

Aarons revealed on his personal Twitter account that West Ham “have yet to return with a new bid” for the Championship spearhead amid interest from Villa and Palace, while Brentford continue to hold out for their £15million valuation.

Sky Sports reported on their transfer centre blog on Saturday (9.26am) that the Hammers remained interested in Hogan and were hopeful of prising him from Griffiin Park at a slightly reduced price of £13million following extensive talks.

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Like West Ham, Villa are also looking to improve their striker options in the January window.

They have been most strongly linked with Middlesbrough spearhead Jordan Rhodes and a loan move for Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom.

But it emerged on Monday that England Under-21 international Akpom is set to join Brighton, while Villa have not been able to agree a deal with Boro for lower league goal machine Rhodes.

Hogan has been performing well for mid-table Championship side Brentford this season and has been impressive in front of goal.

The English striker has scored 14 goals from 26 appearances across all competitions this season to make him one of the most clinical front men in the second tier.

In other West Ham transfer news, the club have clinched a big-name deal despite being outbid by their Premier League rivals’ £65,000-a-week offer.

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