Scott Hogan seals £12m deadline move to Villa

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Scott Hogan has completed his £12million move to Aston Villa following a month-long saga surrounding his future.

Villa boss Steve Bruce, a big admirer of the 24-year-old, has won the race to sign his priority target after West Ham pulled out.

Hogan arrived at Aston Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground for a medical earlier on deadline day and has now put pen to paper.

West Ham were originally pursuing the forward but cooled their interest, leaving Villa scope to make a late bid.

The transfer is said to be worth an initial £9million up front, rising to £12m with the remaining sum comprising a series of add-ons.

Hogan had initially wanted a shot at the Premier League but, with doubts about his injury record, West Ham decided against meeting Brentford’s original £15m asking price.

Bruce has shown more confidence however, and is a big admirer of Hogan’s non-stop running style. The Villa manager has wanted to reshape his attack and has now brought in a centre-forward with 14 goals in 27 games this season.

Villa have financed the move by agreeing to sell Ashley Westwood to Burnley for £5m and Jordan Ayew to Swansea, for Neil Taylor plus £5m.

The club had been prepared to launch another bid for Jordan Rhodes after seeing a £6m offer rejected by Middlesborough but look to have been able to secure their preferred target.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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