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

| 23.12.2016

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

Alex has been with the Ladbrokes PR team since 2017 having previously worked for the news department. From sparring with Peter Fury to talking interviews on the Duke and Duchess' baby names, he's covered a range of sports and novelty events.

A frustrated West Brom fan who is no stranger to an oche, Alex is originally from Dudley, although he's worked hard to rid himself of the Black Country twang.