Inthe know

The Football League Paper - - FOCUS ON - By Neil Fissler

ROCHDALE are fight­ing to hang on to star striker Scott Ho­gan who is wanted by a cou­ple of Cham­pi­onship sides.

The 22-year-old started his ca­reer at Spot­land be­fore be­ing re­leased in May 2011 and dropped into non league cir­cles.

Ho­gan re­joined Dale from Con­fer­ence Pre­mier out­fit Hyde last May but was in­flu­en­tial in help­ing the club win pro­mo­tion this sea­son.

He scored hat­tricks against AFC Wim­ble­don and Ox­ford United and ended the cam­paign with 19 goals from 40 ap­pear­ances.

Ho­gan has only an­other 12 months left on the two-year con­tract he penned when re-sign­ing for the club.

Scouts from Ip­swich Town and Leeds United have been keep­ing tabs on his progress since the turn of the year.

And it would ap­pear they are ready to try and tempt him away from the League One new boys when the trans­fer win­dow opens.

Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers boss Kenny Jack­ett was linked with a £1m move in the Jan­uary win­dow and could re­new his in­ter­est.

Ho­gan re­jected a move to Peter­bor- ough in the New Year af­ter they failed to meet his wage de­mands of around £5,000 a week.

Sun­der­land have also had scouts watch­ing him. AR­SE­NAL boss Arsene Wenger is weigh­ing up a sum­mer move for Read­ing keeper Alex McCarthy af­ter get­ting good scout­ing re­ports.

McCarthy has come through the ranks at Read­ing and is rated as one of the best keep­ers out­side the Pre­mier League. CRYS­TAL PALACE boss Tony Pulis could re­turn to for­mer club Bournemouth to land sought-af­ter pair Lewis Grab­ban and Steve Cook.

Pulis is keen to strengthen his squad and has been tak­ing more than a pass­ing in­ter­est in the duo.

Striker Grab­ban joined the Ea­gles as a 13-year-old and made 10 league ap­pear­ances be­fore mak­ing a £150,000 move to Mill­wall in Jan­uary 2008.

The 26-year-old saw his ca­reer stall at the Den and Brent­ford but has flour­ished since he moved to the South Coast two years ago for £300,000.

The Cher­ries are also in­ter­ested in de­fender Cook who joined Bournemouth from Brighton in Jan­uary 2012 for £150,000.

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