The Guardian reported yesterday that Newcastle were interested in 24 year-old Reading striker Scott Hogan and could bid for him next month, as Rafa Benitez is looking to boost the firepower at Newcastle up front for the rest of the season.
And the Chronicle is reporting today that it looks like Scott is indeed a target of Newcastle’s next month – that’s from chief sports writer Lee Ryder.
Rafa wants to bring in another striker next month and we have been linked with quite a few strikers this season including Sebastian Haller of Utrecht, Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and former target Saido Berahino of West Brom among others.
24 year-old Scott Hogan – a target in January for the Magpies
24 year-old Scott Hogan started his career at Rochdale where he came through the Youth system there but he has generally played in the lower leagues, so there could be a big question mark as to whether he can perform in the Premier League.
Rafa wants to bring in players in January who are good enough to play in the Premier League – hopefully next season when Newcastle are promoted – although nothing is ever certain in football.
Hogan is third top scorer in the Championship at the moment with 13 goals in 23 league appearances behind Dwight Gayle with 17 goals and Brighton’s Glenn Murray with 15.
He joined Brentford from Rochdale in the summer of 2103 for £750K on a three year contract, but he then signed a one year extension last year which keeps him at the club through June of 2018.
The reports are that Brentford want a whopping £15M for him, but surely Newcastle wouldn’t pay that much for a player who is completely untested at the highest levels?
But there again maybe Rafa sees something in the 24 year-old and could make him into a much better player.
If Newcastle do bring Scott in next month that’s probably the reason, with Rafa having the knack of spotting some good players with potential that he can then develop – players like Isaac Hayden, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and others.
Even though Scott has spent time in the lower divisions he has scored 79 goals in 163 first team appearances in his career – and that’s about one goal every two games – so perhaps he is a natural goalscorer?
Certainly Scott has shown he can score goals in the Championship and if we sign him he could help us during the run-in to the season.
But if he comes to Newcastle surely it would have to be for a lot less than £15M – that’s almost all profit for Brentford in three and a half years.
And while we are negotiating Scott’s transfer maybe we can get Brentford playmaker Alan Judge in too.
Alan’s a free agent in June and would come at a nominal transfer fee.
What do you think?