According to Sky Sports News, Aston Villa have told striker Scott Hogan that he can leave on loan, with fellow Championship duo Sheffield United and Bristol City reportedly keen.

Aston Villa are willing to listen to loan offers for striker Scott Hogan, who has fallen down the pecking order at Villa Park. Championship promotion chasers Sheffield United and Bristol City are rumoured to be keen to bring the striker in.

Throughout the first half of the Championship season, Hogan has made only six Championship appearances, coming off the bench in all of them. His only start this season came in the FA Cup Third Round as Villa crashed out after a 3-0 defeat to Swansea City. He is yet to hit the back of the net this season.

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With Dean Smith seemingly deeming the striker surplus to requirements, Villa are willing to send the striker out on loan.

Sheffield United are well in the chase for promotion to the Premier League and could look to bring in Hogan to provide support for Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick – who have formed a successful strike partnership.

Bristol City are also in the hunt for promotion as they look to continue to close the gap between themselves in 7th and Derby County, who sit in the last Play-Off position as it stands.

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Hogan spent the early stages of his career working his way up to the football league after starting his senior career with non-league outfit Woodley Sports. After spending three years outside the football league, he joined Rochdale – where he started out as a youngster before his release in 2010.

After 19 goals in 40 games with Rochdale, the 26-year-old joined Brentford, where he went on to enjoy the most prolific spell of his career. Despite struggling with injury problems throughout his three-year spell with The Bees, Hogan notched up an impressive 21 goals in 36 games, earning himself a big money move to Aston Villa.

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However, he failed to live up to his price tag, which was believed to be nearly £10m ( Hogan has struggled with injuries during his time at Villa Park, meaning he has scored 10 times in 61.

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