Hammers £10m offer for Hogan rejected
Martin O'Neill's top target for 2017 Scott Hogan is now attracting serious Premier League interest with West Ham keen to take the Brentford striker into the top flight.
The Hammers have tabled a £10m bid but have been turned down by Brentford who have already rejected other offers from Sunderland and Watford in recent days.
O'Neill said before Christmas that making contact with Hogan was his top priority.
The search for a striker to replace Robbie Keane goes on with Shane Long reduced to cameo roles and an occasional goal for Southampton while Jon Walters struggles to hit top form.
Hogan's return from serious injury has been an unqualified success.
His running total of 14 goals in 26 games this season has attracted a wider audience than the Premier League.
Speculation about a £15m bid from FC Leipzig would explain why Brentford are more than happy to turn down West Ham's opening offer while Hogan, now 27, is presumably is keen to plug into the huge wages on offer in his own backyard.