Scott Hogan free to leave Aston Villa on loan

Scott Hogan's only start for Aston Villa this season came in the FA Cup defeat to Swansea in January
Image: Scott Hogan's only start for Aston Villa this season came in the FA Cup defeat to Swansea in January

Aston Villa are willing to let Scott Hogan leave on loan before Thursday's transfer deadline, with Sky Sports News understanding Bristol City and Sheffield United are leading the race to sign the striker.

Hogan joined Villa from Brentford in the mid-season window two years ago for a fee of £9m - potentially rising to £12m.

The Republic of Ireland international went on to score six times in 37 games during the 2017-18 Sky Bet Championship season.

The 26-year old has since fallen out of favour at Villa Park, and is yet to score this season having been reduced to just six league appearances off the bench. His only start came in the FA Cup defeat to Swansea earlier this month.

Villa, currently 10th in the table, are keen to raise funds to boost their defensive options as they push for the play-offs.

Christian Fuchs during the pre-season friendly match between Notts County and Leicester City at Meadow Lane on July 21, 2018 in Nottingham, England.
Image: On Monday, Leicester turned down an offer from Aston Villa to take Christian Fuchs on loan until the end of the season

Leicester turned down an offer from Villa on Monday to take defender Christian Fuchs on loan until the end of the season.

Meanwhile, three weeks ago, Villa signed defender Kortney Hause on loan from Wolves until the end of the season.

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The deal for Hause includes an option for the Sky Bet Championship club to buy in the summer, a clause Villa's CEO Christian Purslow insisted upon, according to Sky sources.

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