Wednesday 7 December 2016

Swans target Irish option Hogan

Published 20/09/2016 | 02:30

Brentford's Scott Hogan is on Swansea's radar
Brentford's Scott Hogan is on Swansea's radar

Swansea are eyeing up a move for prolific Irish-qualified Scott Hogan, who jumped to joint-top of the Championship goalscoring charts with a weekend hat-trick for Brentford.

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The 24-year-old's profile has soared since he returned from a long-term injury towards the end of last season.

He has scored 13 times in 15 matches since his comeback from a second cruciate ligament problem - his treble against Preston brought his tally to six in this campaign.

Hogan is from Salford and was called up to the Ireland U-21 squad during his stint with Rochdale. The front man was unable to accept the call due to club commitments but he is now on Martin O'Neill's radar and Roy Keane has been to watch him.

However, it's unclear if Hogan, who has cited Keane as a childhood hero, is fully on board with Ireland.

He has been compared with Jamie Vardy, having come up through the non-league ranks at two of the Leicester star's old clubs - Stocksbridge Park Steels and Halifax - and his example showed that international recognition is possible.

Ireland have been urged to move quickly and Hogan's name will be on the agenda when O'Neill names his squad for the October games with Georgia and Moldova later this week.

Hogan is being watched by a series of Premier League clubs and Swansea are reported to be considering a January approach.

James McCarthy is a doubt for Ireland's games as he battles to recover from groin operation.

His Everton colleague Darron Gibson is out for three to four weeks after Ronald Koeman confirmed that he has also undergone a procedure.

Irish Independent

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