Thursday 19 October 2017

Ireland target Scott Hogan could miss perfect chance to impress Premier League suitors

Brentford's Scott Hogan. Photo: Harry Murphy/Getty Images
Brentford's Scott Hogan. Photo: Harry Murphy/Getty Images

Tom Rooney

Brentford striker and Ireland target Scott Hogan is set to miss his side's FA Cup clash with Chelsea as speculation surrounding an imminent move to the Premier League continues to intensify.

Hogan, who has netted 14 goals and contributed one assist in 25 Championship appearances this term, is almost certain to leave Griffin Park before the end of the transfer window.

West Ham have tabled three bids for the attacker, who qualifies to play for Ireland through his grandparents, but the Bees have held firm because the Premier League club are yet to meet their £15m asking price, while Hogan has been omitted from a number of match day squads.

With Brentford set to take on the Premier League title favourites in the FA Cup fourth round - which would provide Hogan ample opportunity to impress other possible suitors - they could be without their main goal threat.

Brentford head coach Dean Smith has said that Hogan can leave the Bees, as long as an appropriate offer is made, and claimed that the player is in the running to meet Conte and co, but did not give the impression that he was likely to feature.

"Scott's available for selection. He's trained all week, again, as he did last week. It will be my decision whether he's starting, whether he's on the bench or whether he's not involved.

"We would let any of our players go anywhere for the right money, because everybody has a value at any club," Smith said.

"We've had offers from different clubs for Scott Hogan and all of them have not met the valuation. We keep our business strictly private. We'll say no to people if we don't think the value is met and then it's up to them to come up with a deal that does meet ours," Smith said.

Hogan has previously turned down an invitation from Martin O'Neill to train with Ireland, but it is thought that the FAI are continuing to pursue him.

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