BEES ON HUNT IF HO­GAN PRICE IS AGREED

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

SCOTT Ho­gan’s time at Brent­ford looks like nearing its end, but head coach Dean Smith is adamant the star striker will only leave if the club’s val­u­a­tion is met.

West Ham have submitted sev­eral bids for the 24-year-old, but the Bees are ap­par­ently hold­ing out for £15mil­lion.

Be­fore the week­end, Ho­gan had net­ted 14 times in 25 Cham­pi­onship ap­pear­ances this sea­son – more than 40 per cent of Brent­ford’s goals.

The Sal­ford-born marks­man moved to Grif­fin Park from Rochdale in the sum­mer of 2014, but a knee in­jury dis­rupted his start to life in west Lon­don, sidelin­ing him for 19 months.

Since his re­turn, how­ever, Ho­gan has proved him­self to be pro­lific in the sec­ond tier and Smith in­sists Brent­ford will get their money’s worth.

“There have been of­fers from clubs for him, but we said all along he has a value to us,” ex­plained Smith.

“We want to keep him at the club if we can, un­less the val­u­a­tion is met by any clubs look­ing at him. He is a driven per­son and you can see that from his de­meanour on the pitch.”

With Brent­ford cur­rently in mid-ta­ble, a play-off push or being dragged into a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle are both dis­tinct pos­si­bil­i­ties for the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

That means, if Ho­gan does leave, re­plac­ing a man whose goals have proved piv­otal this term is a ne­ces­sity for Smith.

And the for­mer Wal­sall boss has been get­ting ahead of the game in scout­ing po­ten­tial al­ter­na­tives.

“We have been look­ing, just in case any­thing did hap­pen,” added Smith. “We have a num­ber of dif­fer­ent op­tions but the Jan­uary win­dow is a funny time and it be­comes very dif­fi­cult.

“There are op­tions we will pur­sue if any­thing hap­pens.”

The Bees have been linked with Grimsby ace Omar Bogle.

DRIVEN: Scott Ho­gan

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