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Aston Villa transfer decision over striker Scott Hogan proves West Ham dodged an expensive bullet

Aston Villa have made a decision over the future of striker Scott Hogan which proves West Ham United dodged an expensive bullet.

West Ham saw a £12.5million bid for Hogan knocked back by Brentford back in January 2017 (Guardian).

The striker was in fine form for Brentford at the time and Hammers fans were excited at the prospect of his arrival.

Quick and a deadly finisher, Hogan was tipped to make the step up to the Premier League.

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But after seeing their advances rejected West Ham eventually turned their attentions elsewhere.

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One-time Hammer target Hogan ended up at Villa

Hogan did end up in the claret and blue, though.

In the end the forward signed for Brentford’s Championship rivals Aston Villa for a fee reported to be £12m (BBC Sport).

But now, after just 10 goals in 60 games for Villa, Hogan has been made available for loan.

Sky Sports reports Villa are willing to let Hogan leave on loan before Thursday’s transfer deadline with the likes of Bristol City and Sheffield United interested.

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Stats don’t make great reading for Hogan

The 26-year old has been out of favour at Villa Park this season and is yet to score, featuring just six times in the league – all off the bench.

Many West Ham fans were annoyed the club did not push through a deal at the time.

It contributed to supporters questioning the ambition and spending power of the club after grand promises made by owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

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Owners proved right?

Further transfer window disappointments were to follow.

And it eventually culminated in angry protests against the owners which spilled onto the pitch last March.

But Villa’s decision to make the player available for loan proves the Hammers probably avoided an expensive mistake.

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