By Dominic Toner
West Ham are interested in signing Brentford striker Scott Hogan, according to a report.
The Mail claim that the Hammers are keen on adding to their attacking options and that Championship side Brentford value their forward at around £10million.
The report details that West Ham are not the only club to show an interest in the 24-year-old, with Reading, Brighton, Norwich and Derby all reportedly preparing a move.
It is understood that Hogan has visited accommodation around West Ham’s training round and a move to the London Stadium does appeal to him.
Slaven Bilic’s side are currently short of attacking options and Diafra Sakho has been ruled out for 6-10 weeks.
Andy Carroll has only just returned from a long-term injury and Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri have both struggled this season.
In comparison, Hogan has been in great goal scoring form for Championship outfit Brentford.
The striker has scored 13 goals in 23 appearances this season and is one of the in-form players in the Championship.
He has been extremely unlucky with injuries during his career so far and missed the majority of the 2014/15 and 2015/16 campaign through an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Hogan has been proving his worth this season now he is fully fit and is the third highest goalscorer in the Championship, behind Glenn Murray and Dwight Gayle.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham should pursue a move for Scott Hogan as they are in desperate need of some firepower in attack. The 24-year-old has looked in fantastic form this season and would certainly add some extra quality to Slaven Bilic’s squad. The Hammers are in danger of fighting a relegation battle and need a consistent goal scorer to help them climb the table. Hogan is yet to get an opportunity in the top flight, but certainly appears to have the attributes to do so. West Ham would be taking a slight gamble by signing Hogan and it’s one they should go ahead with. The Londoners managed to finish in a European spot last season and a lack of goals this campaign is restricting their progress.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have approached a 28-year-old international striker with a release clause.