By Amir Mir

Brentford manager Dean Smith has stated that striker Scott Hogan lets speculation about his future go over his head amid interest from Aston Villa.

The Sun claimed on Tuesday morning that Villa will sell forward Rudy Gestede for £7 million to West Brom and target Hogan as his replacement.

Salford-born Hogan has been in top form this season, scoring 13 goals in 22 appearances for a Bees side which is eight places off the relegation zone after 22 games in the Championship.

When boyhood Villa fan Smith was asked about the future of his star striker, the former defender issued this simple response.

“This time last year it was all about Alan Judge,” Smith told Get West London. “Now it’s about Scott Hogan. But he just goes out to play his football and the speculation goes over his head.”

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Villa’s top scorer in the second tier is summer signing Jonathan Kodjia who has bagged eight goals for the Midlands outfit.

Those goals have helped his team into 13th place in the Championship table on 31 points from 22 games.

By contrast they are three points ahead of Smith’s side going into the busy festive period, with the duo set to clash on January 31.

Brentford have already picked up a point against the recently relegated Premier League side when John Egan’s late strike earned them a point at Villa Park.

Over the course of the season Smith’s side have recorded eight wins, four draws and ten losses.

Whereas, Villa have won seven games, lost five and are the draw specialists of the division with ten.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, a reliable journalist has issued an update on the future of this duo amid reported talks.