By Amir Mir
Paul McGrath has stated on Twitter that he is hoping that Aston Villa bound Scott Hogan will join the club on deadline day.
Sky Sports News journalist Kaveh Solhekol has revealed on Twitter that the Midlands giants have made the biggest transfer statement of the January window yet by winning the race for the 24-year-old forward.
Solhekol reports that Villa will pay £15million for Hogan and that the player is headed to Villa Park for a deadline-day medical.
Aston Villa agree deal to sign Scott Hogan from Brentford. Up to £15m. Hogan on way to medical. Rochdale get £3m (20% sell-on fee)
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 31, 2017
After McGrtath’s message, the club’s senior man, Tony Xia replied by saying he is hoping the “glorious times” come back to the club.
Villa have purchased five January signings this month, including four permanent additions as Steve Bruce attempts to revive a stumbling promotion-chasing team.
Here is McGrath’s message about Hogan and Xia’s response as posted on their personal Twitter accounts.
“Scott Hogan is hopefully coming our way,” said McGrath. “Well done, Dr Tony Xia and Steve [ Round – head of recruitment].”
Brentford v Aston Villa tonight, Scott Hogan hopefully coming our way, well done Dr Tony and Steve . Shows we're heading #UTV .
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) January 31, 2017
“We’ll keep striving until the glorious times like your good old days come back,” replied Xia.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) January 31, 2017
Steve Bruce’s side travel to Hogan’s current team, Brentford on Tuesday night for a Championship clash.
The Midlands outfit are nine points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday and will be eager to make a push up the table as the season enters its crucial stage.
Hogan has scored 14 goals for the Bees this season, with Villa’s top scorer being Jonathan Kodjia with nine goals.
Villa have only netted 27 times from 28 games, despite spending over £20million on forwards last summer.
Aside from Kodjia, the likes of Gabby Agbonlahor, Jordan Ayew and the demoted Ross McCormack have only found the back of the net on five occasions between them.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, this is how the Steve Bruce’s side will look with seven January additions.