Aston Villa look set to go on something of a firesale this summer, as concerns over their financial standing grow. The Villans have spent big over the past two seasons in order to win promotion back to the Premier League. Following their play-off final defeat to Fulham, it became clear that club chairman Tony Xia had left the club in a sticky situation.
Aston Villa spent big to bring players such as Jonathan Kodjia, Ross McCormack and James Chester to Villa Park. They also paid a lot to sign striker Scott Hogan from Brentford.
As reported by the BBC at the time Aston Villa paid £12 million to sign the striker, beating off plenty of competition to snap him up.
One such club was local rivals West Bromwich Albion. As reported by The Sun in December 2016, West Brom were one of several teams considering a move for the player in the winter window following his brilliant form for the Bees.
But in the end, it was Villa who convinced him to leave Griffin Park.
The manager at West Brom at the time was Tony Pulis. Which begs the question. Should he try again for the Republic of Ireland striker?
Pulis is now manager at fellow play-off failures Middlesbrough who themselves will be pushing for promotion from the Championship next season.
If Hogan is set to be moved on, not many teams in the Championship will be able to afford him. Middlesbrough are one of the few that might be able to put a deal together. Boro have shown they are not afraid to spend big themselves in recent times and Hogan would be a brilliant addition to the striking positions at Boro.
He would complement Britt Assombalonga and Patrick Bamford well, whilst he could also play up top with Rudy Gestede when the Benin striker is back to full fitness.
The bustling striker would suit Pulis’ style and, with Villa looking like they need to move some players on, they would jump at the chance to get a decent amount for the 26-year-old.
Tony Pulis should try and get the striker he wanted at West Brom to make a move to Middlesbrough this summer.