BRENTFORD FIGHTING TO KEEP HOT-SHOT HOGAN
BRENTFORD are facing a battle to hang on to top scorer Scott Hogan – with West Ham leading the chase to sign up the highlyrated hitman.
The 24-year-old has notched 14 goals in 26 games this season to mark him out as one of the top strikers outside the Premier League.
His blistering pace and cool finishing mean he is a player top-flight clubs believe could do damage at the highest level.
The goal-shy Hammers have already had an £8m bid rejected and are thought to be willing to offer £10m for the former Rochdale striker.
However, the Bees value Hogan at £15m and will be determined to hold out for the biggest fee possible.
However, Hogan has only 18 months left on his contract and the Bees may feel that now is the best time to cash in on their prized asset.
The forward has previously suffered two cruciate knee ligament injuries and knows how fickle football can be.
Although he had previous been linked with Championship clubs, he has made it clear his aim is on the top-flight if the Bees do decide to sell.
Brentford manager Dean Smith, who has described Hogan as a ‘natural goalscorer’, is aware the club may be fighting a losing battle to keep their star man.
“We do not want to lose him but we also know that if people put up the sort of numbers that are being talked about then the club would have to listen,” he admitted.