Betting update: Aston Villa installed strong favourites to sign 24-year-old

By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa have been installed the short-odds favourites to sign Scott Hogan from Brentford by Tuesday night.

Bookmaker Sky Bet price the Championship giants at 1/3 to land the £15million-rated striker on deadline day after a radical change in the betting.

West Ham had been the strong favourites to sign Hogan by the 11pm cut-off but have now drifted out to 9/1, while Crystal Palace are second favourites at 4/1.

The sensational betting update comes after Sky Sports reported on their website late on Monday night that Slaven Bilic has decided to end West Ham’s pursuit of Hogan as “he does not need” the Brentford forward.

This appears to have given Villa the opportunity to push strongly for the striker that Steve Bruce has claimed he wants for the second half of the campaign.

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Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Villa and Premier League duo Crystal Palace and West Brom have held talks about signing the 24-year-old spearhead from the west London Championship side.

Bleacher Report’s transfer expert Dean Jones even claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday evening that Villa had a bid accepted for the player.

The 24-year-old has scored 14 goals for a mid-table second tier team this term as a number of clubs vie for his signature on deadline day.

Guardian deputy editor Ed Aarons previously claimed on his personal Twitter account that Hogan is rated at £15million by his current club.

Villa manager Bruce has now been given a big boost in his pursuit to add another attacking player to his promotion-chasing team.

The Midlands giants are 13th in the Championship and nine points adrift of the play-off places after an underwhelming first half of the season.

But they have the chance to claw back some ground on Tuesday night when they travel to Brentford for a league fixture at Griffin Park.

Football Insider verdict:

Villa have a brilliant opportunity to take advantage of Bilic’s change of heart and land a striker whose goals record is highly impressive. The jury is out on whether Hogan is worth £15m, while his injury record is also a concern, but he has the invaluable knack of being in the right place at the right time to put the ball in the back of the net. For Villa, whose 27 league games this season have yielded a miserable 28 goals, such a golden eye is worth its weight in gold.

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