Celtic are interested in signing Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan on loan for the rest of the season, according to a report from TEAMtalk.
Hogan has endured a tough time since joining the Villans. BBC Sport reports that he cost Villa £12 million. But he has never managed to live up to that sort of fee.
He has scored seven league goals in over 50 appearances for the Villans. And he has spent the majority of the last year out on loan, firstly with Sheffield United before signing for Stoke City for the season in the summer.
The Republic of Ireland international’s time with the Potters has been underwhelming, and the Championship strugglers are ready to let him leave during this window.
And it appears that he may be offered the chance to move to Parkhead. TEAMtalk reports that the Hoops are keen on signing the 27-year-old, and Villa are open to letting him join Neil Lennon’s side.
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Celtic certainly appear to need a new striker this month. Odsonne Edouard has done a fantastic job once again. But their lack of depth in that area of the field has been highlighted when the Frenchman has been unavailable.
Hogan’s record before his move to Villa was outstanding. He had scored 38 league goals in 66 league games for Rochdale and Brentford. But since joining Villa in January 2017, he has scored just 12 times in the league.
Celtic have had success in the recent past when signing players whose careers seem to be stagnating in England. Scott Sinclair was an outstanding addition for some time, while Mohamed Elyounoussi and Fraser Forster have been excellent at times this season.
But given some of the transfers that have not come off in recent years, you could understand why some Celtic fans may be sceptical about how successful a move for Hogan would prove to be.