Rival manager delivers update on reported West Ham transfer, fans will be worried
By Amir Mir
Brentford manager Dean Smith has stated that interested clubs have not met their valuation for striker Scott Hogan as he suggested a transfer to West Ham is still some distance away.
The London Evening Standard claim that the Hammers pursuit of Hogan, which includes Hull City’s Robert Snodgrass, will not be completed until Marseille make an improved bid for wantaway playmaker Dimitri Payet.
It is said that the London-based club will only land Hogan and Snodgrass if the Ligue 1 outfit improves their £22.5million bid for their former player.
However, it is claimed that the Premier League side are still interested in Hogan, who is rated at £15million by his Championship club.
Brentford boss Smith, who is preparing for an FA Cup clash against Chelsea at the weekend, had this to say about his striker.
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“We have had offers from different clubs for Scott but all of them haven’t met the valuation,” said Smith as posted by the club’s official Twitter account.
Dean: "We have had offers from different clubs for Scott but all of them haven’t met the valuation."
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) January 26, 2017
The Hammers faithful will begin to worry about Smith’s comments because the January transfer window shuts next Tuesday and they still have not made any incomings in the attacking department.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham should end their pursuit of Scott Hogan and purchase a player with more value in the Premier League that will help them in attack. Hogan has produced the goods in the Championship but has never tasted top flight football. Therefore, purchasing Hogan for the big money fee that is being wanted, would be a huge risk. The Hammers should target Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke who has proven his worth in England’s top flight before. He has scored eight goals for a struggling Palace side this season, more than any other West Ham striker and experienced vasts amounts of success, in terms of goals, at Aston Villa. Benteke’s style of play would also suit Bilic’s side because they have plenty of players who like to cross the ball into the box.
In other West Ham transfer news, medical is set on Thursday for this 22-year-old after reported interest from the club.