West Ham and West Brom set to battle it out for £15m Brentford ace


West Ham fans will be hoping for a much better transfer window than the one they experienced back in the summer. And that may just be the case next month, with Slaven Bilic’s hunt for a new striker taking him to the Championship.

The Hammers are reportedly interested in adding Brentford striker Scott Hogan to their ranks, but they’ll face stiff competition from another Premier League outfit.

While Salomon Rondon has been in fine form this season for West Brom, a quick look at Tony Pulis’ alternatives makes for worrying reading.

With only Hal Robson-Kanu and seemingly exit-bound Saido Berahino available to him as back-up, it’s no surprise that Pulis wants to add another striker in January.

As for Hogan’s current club, Brentford, they’ll know they face a tough task in keeping the 24-year-old at Griffin Park.

After enjoying a fairly solid start in the Championship this campaign, results have been hard to come by of late, and the Bees now find themselves in 14th-place.

Already nine points off a play-off spot, it’s unlikely that Dean Smith’s men will achieve a top-six finish this season.

And as a result of that dip in form, the West London outfit could be set to lose Hogan as early as next month – with 5/1 saying he joins the Hammers, while 6/1 says he teams up with Rondon and co at the Hawthorns.

He’d certainly be a huge loss for Brentford, having scored a staggering 48 per cent of their league goals this season. And while they’d be reluctant to lose the former Halifax Town man, they may not have much say in the matter, should either potential suitor cough up the desired £15m fee.

What do Bees’ fans think? Would Hogan be right to leave for a bigger club, and is £15m a fair valuation?

Have your say in the comments section below!

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Alex Apati

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.