Reliable journalist: Major update on West Ham pursuit of 24-year-old goal machine
By Will Butcher
West Ham have cooled their interest in bringing Brentford striker Scott Hogan to the London Stadium, according to a reliable journalist.
The Mail claimed on their transfer blog on Tuesday (12.05pm) that the Hammers were nearing an agreement, after agreeing on an initial £9million with add-ons still to be discussed.
However, in a major twist to the deal, Telegraph reporter Jason Burt has now claimed on his personal Twitter account the deal has been put aside “for now”, as an £8million move to sign Southampton’s Jose Fonte is close to completion.
Jose Fonte from Southampton to West Ham United is very close to being done at up to £8m. West Ham have cooled on Scott Hogan – for now..
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) January 20, 2017
Hogan, 24, has been the subject of interest from the Hammers throughout the window, as manager Slaven Bilic looks to replace the departure of Simone Zaza who joined Valencia.
With Jonathan Calleri set to join La Liga side Las Palmas, the Scottish goal-getter looked increasingly likely to join the east London side.
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However, a move has seemingly been put aside for unknown reasons as the Hammers focus on bringing Saints captain Fonte to the London Stadium.
Hogan has been in prolific form this season, amassing an impressive 14 goals from 25 league games for Brentford, but he was left out of their side against Newcastle on Saturday.
Football Insider verdict:
The decision to cool their interest in Hogan by West Ham could mean that they are willing to place their faith in target man Andy Carroll following his wonder goal against Crystal Palace on Saturday during the magnificent 3-0 victory. The England international has returned from injury to score three times against the likes of Arsenal, Swansea and Palace, and his contribution could mean that a future deal for Hogan is unlikely to occur. With Andre Ayew set to return next month from the Africa Cup of Nations and Diafra Sakho looking to return from injury, a move for Hogan may be viewed as needless by manager Bilic, as he looks to spend his transfer budget wisely, by shoring up the defence. Fans will be hoping that they’re cooling on Hogan because of interest in another striker though. Goals have been hard to come by at the London Stadium this season.
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