Sheffield United have reignited their interest in Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan, reports the Sheffield Star.
This comes after Blades manager Chris Wilder admitted there have been enquiries about Leon Clarke. Wilder is open to the sale of Clarke, with Bristol City, Millwall and Hull City all believed to be keen.
Were that to happen then United might once again look to Hogan. It was thought the 26-year-old would join over the summer, but a move never materialised.
Hogan later revealed his disappointment that former Villa boss Steve Bruce had not sanctioned the transfer.
“I knocked on his door a couple of days before the window shut just to find out what was going on,” the Republic of Ireland international was quoted by Birmingham Live.
“Sheff United were very interested.
“I wasn’t allowed to leave. He was adamant that he didn’t want me to go, he said I had a future playing as a striker and I was assured we were going to change the way we were playing.
“So it was disappointing for me two days later when he signed a striker [Tammy Abraham] and nothing changed at all.”
With Dean Smith now at the helm Villa are supposedly ready to reconsider a Hogan deal as they look to reorganise their budget.
How much will Hogan cost?
The Villans signed the Irishman from Brentford back in January 2017 for a fee that could eventually rise to £12m (BBC).
However, according to the Daily Mail the Blades have asked to initially take Hogan on loan. Whether that would include a clause to make that permanent in the future is unclear.
That would certainly make things cheaper for United – at least to start with – but any potential deal wouldn’t be free.
Villa would want to get Hogan off their wage bill to free up funds. The Sun claim that the forward earns £35,000-a-week. Yet they also reported that the Blades had been willing to pay that over the summer.
Will they still be keen?