With many of the Football League clubs now making sure that they can strengthen in the last 10 days before the window shuts, there are still some bargains to capture. One of the young stars who has caught the eye of a plethora of clubs is young Scott Hogan.
Hogan began his career with Dale back in 2010 and after impressing in the youth academy, he earned a first team call up. The First team wasn’t necessarily the right move for the then 18 year old at that point in time however . He found it difficult to step up with the sheer physical aspects and pace of the game and team resulting in a difficult and problematic time for the youngster. Eventually his failure to make an appearance subsequently saw him released in the Summer.
After a few months in Stockport at a lower league club he eventually signed for Conference North side FC Halifax Town. He managed to make 5 appearances in a spell which lasted up until December where he then joined Stocksbridge. Here at Stocksbridge he managed 7 goals in a good few months. This resulted in more positive interest for Hogan.
The next piece of interest was from Championship side Barnsley where he reportedly held a trial. No contract came out of the trial and he resultantly signed for Ashton United. His time at Ashton was short lived, similar to his other clubs as he only managed 8 appearances with a single goal.
Hyde Fc were the next club to pick up the star and he scored 3 times for the club in a spell of 11 games. He’s good form and impressive appearances saw nearby Rochdale take him back to where his career began on May 9th 2013.
Hogan’s return to Rochdale has differed somewhat massively to his original spell as 28 appearances have seen him fire in 12 goals. This lethal form and with him only being the ripe age of 21 has attracted a host of clubs to him like bees around a honeypot.
Here are his apparently two main options to explore;
Wolves have been very busy this Transfer window but may believe if nurtured correctly that Hogan holds the potential to go far. With the recent game at the weekend against Crawley postponed, manager Kenny Jackett saw it as a perfect opportunity to scout Hogan in detail.
The young players versatility to play as either a striker or a winger proves he should be capable to manage at a higher league. His apparently rapid pace and clinical finishing makes him a highly describable target. Wolves have a comfortable budget and the player has reportedly demanded a £5000 wage budget per week. Some League One clubs and some lowly placed Championship clubs reportedly retracted interest, when discovering the players ambitious wage budget.
Although if he joined he would be unlikely to make a regular first player, the presence of Kevin Doyle, Nouha Dicko, Bakary Sako and others may offer strong advice and help for the youngsters progression. By joining a club like Wolves with players of such a high calibre he may flourish and prove his hefty price tag justifiable. Rumoured to be lining up a £1 million bid. 6/4 favourites to sign him from Sky Bet.
The notoriously fantastic set up at Peterborough could be ideal for Hogan. With recent products Dwight Gayle and George Boyd both playing fantastically now in the Premier League it may offer the correct move at this time for him.
Posh have already shown high levels of interest and agreed a fee reportedly with the dale recently for a fee rising to a million. This deal fell through supposedly due to the wage Hogan demands, seen as an extortionate amount to pay for an unproven young player at League One level.
Peterborough’s Britt Assombalonga has played remarkably well this season and his price tag looks likely to have increased after his performances. Hogan may potentially have a higher amount of footballing intelligence after spending time with Britt Assombalonga. Posh’s brilliant track record with youth as well may show how he could be a good asset to them.
Peterborough stand as the Bookies second favourites offering credible 10/1 odds.
Sunderland have supposedly shown some interest too at 22/1 odds to complete the signing of him as the only Premier League club to do so. He was benched at the weekend as Dales managed Keith Hill explained how his head was elsewhere amidst the rumours.
Hogan is tipped to have a very bright future and I personally believe it will be at Wolves for a fee of roughly £1 Million.