Reliable journalist: West Ham wrap up deal for prolific striker, player to join within days
By Harry Sykes
Scott Hogan is in line to sign for West Ham within days, according to a reliable journalist.
It has been widely reported in the last week that the Hammers are working on a deal to sign the prolific striker from Championship club Brentford.
TalkSPORT broadcaster Ian Abrahams, who has close links to West Ham, has now claimed on Twitter that the east London have ended their pursuit by wrapping up the deal.
Abrahams took to his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning to report that his sources had told him Hogan “should sign for West Ham in the next few days”.
Transfer News – I’m told Scott Hogan should sign for West Ham in the next few days pic.twitter.com/WhTApjfgpV
— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) January 12, 2017
The on-off pursuit of Hogan appears to have reached a finale after reports on Monday that West Ham’s third bid of £12.5million for the 24-year-old have been rejected by Brentford, who were said to be holding out for £15million.
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It now appears that a fee has been agreed between the two London clubs and that the green light has been given for Slaven Bilic to sign his first senior player of the January window.
The revelation by a reliable journalist will be a huge boost to West Ham fans, who have seen their club linked with a whole host of senior in recent weeks, including the likes of Jermain Defoe from Sunderland and Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.
The current roster Hammers forwards have been especially goal-shy this season, with none scoring more than the two league goals accumulated by Andy Carroll, who has suffered another injury-blighted campaign.
With Diafra Sakho also unable to clock up a regular sequence of matches and Simone Zaza back at Juventus after a wretched loan spell, manager Bilic has pushed for a proven scorer to beef up his attack.
Hogan, 24, has been in prolific form this season, scoring 14 goals from 25 Championship matches for Brentford, who ended the festive period at 14th in the table, nine points adrift of the play-off places.
Football Insider verdict:
Some West Ham fans might have mixed feelings about signing Hogan. He has a poor injury record and has never played a single Premier League match. Indeed, he has played remarkably few top-level matches – 33 in the Championship and 33 in the League Two – for a player of 24. But lower league gems appear to be all the rage after Jamie Vardy’s rise through the leagues, and West Ham are banking on Hogan being another unpolished diamond who is a late developer. His goal record is impressive and his price is not overly steep, by modern striker standards. This deal is a relative gamble but one worth taking.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have been installed odds-on favourites to sign a Premier League midfield goal machine this month.