Aston Villa are in talks with Championship outfit Stoke City over a loan deal for striker Scott Hogan, according to the Daily Mail.
They report that the Potters are closing in on a deal for the 27-year-old Republic of Ireland striker, who has played in pre-season but is down the pecking order at Villa Park.
Hogan has apparently just two years left on his current Villa deal and a year away from the club may signal that he has absolutely no future at the club.
Meanwhile, Villa journalist Gregg Evans tweeted that the newly-promoted club have already got their eyes set on a replacement striker, although it remains to be seen who that is.
Hogan’s Villa career has been blighted by injury and while he is a striker who knows where the goal is, Dean Smith’s side isn’t set up for his strength and the Premier League is not the place for him to be finding his feet.
Stoke need goals as they redouble their efforts to get out of the second tier at the second time of asking, and a loan switch to the Championship suits all parties.
Villa fans will be more excited to see if they get another striker through the door because at the moment there’s a lot of pressure on Wesley to take over the goalscoring mantle from Tammy Abraham.