Newcastle United have been warned that they will have to pay up to 15 million if they are to lure in-demand forward Scott Hogan away from Brentford.

That’s according to Get West London, who have reported the firm stance shown by Brentford over the situation.

Hogan, who has been in fine form for The Bees so far this season, has been the subject of much speculation about his future.

The league’s third top-scorer has caught the interest of the Toon Army manager, Rafael Benitez.

Benitez, however, also faces competition from Aston Villa.

The Villains, who have already spent nearly £25 million on forwards: Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia since their relegation last season. Steve Bruce has now made him one of their top targets this transfer window as he looks to continue their charge up the table.

Hogan is also thought to be interesting fellow Championship side Norwich and Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion.

His manager, Dean Smith, did insist that he wouldn’t be sold for a penny short of this value, as the speculation increases around his sought after forward:

“He’ll be in a marketplace and the market tells you the value of it. The market has set its stall as to the price. I think his goals record puts him into a bracket.

“He takes each day as it comes as, against Cardiff, he felt he should have scored. He isn’t being distracted and is very much looking forward to taking on Norwich and getting chances and scoring them.”

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