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Could Aston Villa use Scott Hogan in Said Benrahma negotiations?

Said Benrahma of Brentford during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Barnet and Brentford at The Hive on January 28, 2019 in Barnet, United Kingdom.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is said to be keen to bring in Said Benrahma from Brentford.

Saïd Benrahma of Brentford scores their 5th goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Hull City at Griffin Park on February 23, 2019 in Brentford, England.

Aston Villa may still have a trump card to play in any negotiations for Said Benrahma with Brentford in the form of Scott Hogan.

Villa are thought to be looking to offload Hogan this summer, and the striker is very well known at Brentford.

Hogan’s best form of his career came with the Bees, and that led to Villa signing him.

 

The front-man has struggled since making the switch to Villa Park, and it means that a was deal could suit all parties.

Villa are said to want Benrahma by The Sun, but Brentford’s £20 million asking-tag is proving problematic.

Villa do have funds to spend, but at that sort of price, Benrahma looks a major gamble.

Scott Hogan of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on January 1, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Dean Smith’s side’s best chance of getting the Algerian may be to offer Hogan in a potential part exchange deal.

Villa would likely have to fund a sizeable chunk of Hogan’s wages if he was to move to Brentford, but that would be worthwhile if it led to a player of Benrahma’s quality arriving at Villa Park.

And Villa should give serious consideration to using Hogan in the negotiations, as that may well tempt Brentford into doing a deal.

Said Benrahma of Brentford during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Barnet and Brentford at The Hive on January 28, 2019 in Barnet, United Kingdom.

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