According to The Star, Sheffield United have put their pursuit for Scott Hogan on hold until ‘next summer’. It’s ‘unlikely’ they will make an approach for the Aston Villa outcast in January due to the club’s upturn in form and likelihood that they’d rather keep the squad intact mid-season.
Hogan nearly joined Sheffield United on loan over the summer before Steve Bruce blocked the move. At the time, the 26-year-old was led to believe he’d get more regular playing time in attack, but he’s remained on the periphery this season and will be itching for more minutes than Dean Smith has afforded him.
He was left out of the matchday squad until October, returning to the first-team as Bruce was sacked. Hogan has featured in three of the Villa’s last four league games, but he’s still only making cameo appearances from the bench. With Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Jonathan Kodjia, Keinan Davis and Tammy Abraham able of leading the line, Hogan might be allowed to leave in January.
The Star’s report states that Sheffield United don’t believe a deal can be agreed as Hogan has recently come back into the side, but a temporary move might be beneficial for all parties. It’s hard to see Hogan becoming a regular in the starting eleven for Villa, so why not allow him a chance to get playing time elsewhere?
One problem might be that Villa don’t want to improve a side challenging for promotion and letting them have Hogan for the second-half of the campaign could backfire. United could try again for the striker at the end of the season.