By Amir Mir

Aston Villa have made a bid of around £9million for Brentford striker Scott Hogan and it’s currently the only offer on the table, according to a report.

The Birmingham Mail claim that Villa manager Steve Bruce has made the 24-year-old his top striker target after it emerged that West Ham had cooled their interest in the player.

The pursuit for Hogan took the twist after Bleacher Report’s transfer expert Dean Jones claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday that Villa had a bid accepted for the player.

However, according to the Birmingham Mail, sources at Brentford have insisted that the offer has not yet been accepted.

The highly-sought-after player has played 25 Championship games this season, scoring 14 goals for Dean Smith’s side who are sitting two places below Villa in the table.

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It is claimed by the Birmingham Mail that Crystal Palace have made a tentative enquiry for Hogan but Villa are hopeful of pulling off the deal.

At the present time, Palace haven’t made an official bid but that could change before the transfer deadline.

It has also been said though that if the promotion-chasing Midlands outfit don’t land their man then they will go back for Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes.

At this moment in time, Villa have four strikers to choose from in Jonathan Kodjia, Gabby Agbonlahor, Jordan Ayew and Ross McCormack – although the latter has been demoted.

However, it is understood that Ayew is one his way to Swansea with £4million plus Neil Taylor heading the other direction and Villa now have money to spend on a new attacker.

It is reported that either deal, Hogan or Rhodes, will include performance-related add-ons.

Football Insider verdict:

Villa have stiff competition to land Hogan and should do everything in their power to sign him. Hogan’s goal, age and potential suit the club, but more importantly it will boost Bruce’s chances of finishing in the top six. However, Premier League side West Ham are in desperate need for a forward too and if they come back for Hogan then Villa will almost certainly lose out. Either way, it is a clever ploy from the Midlands club to show their interest in the Bees striker, one day before Villa take on Dean Smith’s side. Hogan recently returned to the team and all this interest will once again more than likely put him off playing. It’s going to be a tense 24 hours for Villa fans.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club are in a £5million battle with their Championship rivals for this striker.

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