Date: 10th January 2017 at 12:08pm
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Popular bookmakers, BetVictor, have made Dean Smith’s Brentford side have been made surprise favourites to bring Ross McCormack to Griffin Park.

Brentford look set to lose their prized asset, Scott Hogan, to West Ham this month and it appears they have already begun the search for his replacement.

Championship hitman McCormack appears to be top of the list of replacements for Hogan.

Villa may be slightly reluctant to let McCormack go, with themselves not being blessed with a vast amount of striking options.

Rudy Gestede has departed for Middlesbrough and with Jonathan Kodjia at the African Cup of Nations, Villa could leave any sale as late as possible.

Hogan has been influential for The Bees this season, netting 14 goals to help put Brentford in the safety of mid-table.

If Hogan’s likely departure to West Ham goes ahead, Brentford need to replace his goals and who better than Ross McCormack.

He is widely regarded as the ’20 goal per season’ striker at Championship level and he would be a huge coup for Brentford.

Brentford fans… What are your thoughts on McCormack? Is he the perfect replacement for Hogan? Or would you prefer someone else? Villa fans… Would you let McCormack go? Or is he too valuable to you? Let us know your thoughts below!