Birmingham City are keen to sign Scott Hogan on a permanent deal this summer, but The Sun on Sunday (15/3; page 60) reports that Aston Villa could yet decide to hold onto the striker.
Hogan has been an inspired signing for the Blues. The 27-year-old has scored seven goals in eight appearances for Pep Clotet’s side following his arrival in January.
It should be no surprise therefore, that The Sun on Sunday (15/3; page 60) is reporting that the Championship club plan to ask about a permanent deal when the transfer window opens.
The report notes that Hogan will have one year left on his Villans contract this summer, so Dean Smith’s side may need to cash in should they hope to secure a reasonable amount for the Republic of Ireland international.
However, The Sun on Sunday also hints that Hogan’s Villa career may not be finished just yet. It is suggested that he could have a role to play should they be relegated this season.
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Even if Villa are relegated, it would arguably be hugely surprising to see Hogan stay beyond this summer. He previously struggled to impress for the club in the second tier.
Villa also now have Mbwana Samatta and Wesley in their ranks. It would be no surprise to see either take the Championship by storm if they do go down.
Spotrac shows that Hogan earns £17,500-a-week with the Villans. And given his contract situation, it surely makes more sense to sell this summer.
It may be a risk given his current record for Birmingham. But he has rarely looked like that player for Villa during his time with the club.
So perhaps, the smart move would be to move him on while his stock is so high – especially as he can leave on a free next summer.