Chief executive: £15m striker was joining West Ham
By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa were convinced that Scott Hogan was going to join West Ham in the January transfer window.
Chief executive Keith Wyness has revealed to the Birmingham Mail the club’s surprise at being able to land the striker from Brentford during the winter window.
Hogan had been identified by manager Steve Bruce as a leading target to pep up an attack that had badly misfired in the opening half of the season, but he seemed destined for a move to West Ham.
There were reports at the time that the Premier League club tabled three separate bids for Hogan before manager Slaven Bilic called a halt to negotiations.
Wyness moved quickly to seal the deal for the 24-year-old, who had scored 14 league goals by the first week of January.
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The Evening Standard report that Villa agreed a fee that could rise to £15million for Hogan, who is yet to open his goal account for his new employers.
“The whole Scott Hogan thing, we didn’t believe he was going to become available because we thought he was going to be going to West Ham,” said Wyness to the Birmingham Mail.
“It only came about in the last week of the window that we might be able to get the deal done. He’s always been a target and we were pleased to see, after his injuries last summer, how his medical side had stood up.”
Hogan has made four appearances for Villa since his late-January move but has yet to score for the Championship club, who recently overturned a run of five back-to-back defeats with consecutive wins.
The former Rotherham player is currently sidelined with an ankle injury that is expected to sideline him for another month.
Villa are now 15th with 12 games remaining following wins in the last week against Derby and Bristol City.
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