Date: 24th January 2019 at 1:00pm
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Aston Villa are struggling to offload Scott Hogan and might be forced to keep the 26-year-old until the end of the season. Portsmouth were linked with a move for the out-of-favour striker, but manager Kenny Jackett recently dismissed suggestions that Pompey are looking to sign Hogan before the transfer window closes.

“Hogan is not one we have enquired about. I have spoken to the Aston Villa people with regards to Andre (Green) in the last week or so about calling him back, but he (Hogan) is not one we have gone for. I don’t know what his wages are, I believe he went for £9m (from Brentford). He’s out of the side and is a centre-forward but is not one that is coming to us.”

The Irish international has struggled for form and playing time since joining Villa from Brentford in January 2017 and might have to leave the Midlands club to get more first-team football. Hogan has amassed only 68 minutes of playing time this season with Tammy Abraham and Jonathan Kodjia ahead of him in the pecking order.

Selling Hogan might leave Villa short on attacking options, but Smith could promote Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Keinan Davis in his place. With Portsmouth out of the picture, Hogan is running out of time to find a new club either on a temporary basis or permanently. Supporters have made it clear that he should be sold, but there’s currently no suitor.

Villa paid £9m to Brentford for Hogan and shelled out more than £5m in wages, but they look set to take a financial hit if they move him on.

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