According to John Percy of the Telegraph, Birmingham City are set to complete the signing of Aston Villa forward Scott Hogan on loan for the remainder of the season.
The 27-year-old has spent the first-half of this season on loan at Stoke City, and has scored only three goals in a total of 15 appearances for the Potters this term.
But the Republic of Ireland international has started just four league games this season and has made only three appearances since Michael O’Neill replaced Nathan Jones at the bet365 Stadium.
Now, Hogan looks set to leave the Staffordshire outfit and spend the second-half of the campaign elsewhere, with Stoke reportedly keen to get rid of the striker before Friday’s transfer deadline.
Percy claims that Birmingham City are set to sign Hogan on loan until the end of the season, as Pep Clotet looks to bolster his side’s attacking options and turn Blues’ season around.
Can you get 12 out of 12 on this Birmingham quiz?
Here, then, we take a look at one winner and one loser if Blues seal a loan deal for Hogan…
Winner: Pep Clotet
Lukas Jutkiewicz is currently Birmingham’s’ leading goalscorer with 10 strikes to his name, but you can’t help but feel that they need further depth up top if they are to close the 12-point gap on the play-off places.
Hogan has endured a terrible couple of years since joining Villa, and he has been unable to hit the ground running on loan at Sheffield United and now Stoke.
Birmingham have been lacking that pacy, agile forward since losing Che Adams in the summer, and they possessed a huge goal threat when Adams and Jutkiewicz lined up together up front.
That big-man-little-man partnership could work wonders for Blues in the second-half of the season, and Clotet would definitely benefit from this transfer deal as it’s an area they definitely need to strengthen in,
Loser: Alvaro Gimenez
Gimenez has endured a turbulent time at St. Andrew’s since arriving from UD Almeria in the summer, and his game time could become very limited if Hogan was to sign.
The Spaniard has scored three goals in a total of 25 appearances in all competitions for Birmingham this season, and has struggled to adapt to life in the Championship thus far.
The 28-year-old has been in and out of the side under Clotet and 13 of his 25 appearances have come from off the bench, and Hogan’s arrival could push him even further down the pecking order.
He will need to work extra hard to ensure that this doesn’t turn out to be the case.