West Ham transfer boost: Bilic given glimmer of light in striker deal - Sky
By Dominic Toner
West Ham have been handed a small boost in their pursuit of Brentford forward Scott Hogan, according to a report.
Sky Sports reported on their transfer centre blog (Saturday, 9.26am) that the Hammers remain interested in the 24-year-old and may now be able to purchase him at a slightly reduced price.
It is understood that Championship side Brentford are prepared to drop their asking price of £15million to £13million.
The Hammers are looking to improve their striker options in January and have been chasing Hogan during the window.
Slaven Bilic currently has Andy Carroll as his senior forward, with Jonathan Calleri and Ashley Fletcher in reserve.
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West Ham have already made two strong signings in the window as Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass have completed moves to the London Stadium.
Hogan has been performing well for mid-table Championship side Brentford this season and has been clinical in front of goal.
The English striker has made 26 appearances across all competitions this season and scored 14 in return.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham should end their attempts to sign Hogan as £13million is still far too much for a player that is not proven in the top-flight. The 24-year-old seems like he could be a good fit for the Premier League, but the Hammers would be best served going for someone with more experience. West Ham could do with some more firepower in their frontline as injury prone Carroll is alwyas a risk, and should look for a more familiar name. Bilic has made two sensational signings already in January, with Snodgrass and Fonte expected to walk straight into the staring XI. They have managed to sign them from Premier League rivals and they should make a quick transition at the club.
In other West Ham transfer news, Sky Sports has used an emphatic two-word transfer update on the Dimitri Payet saga.