QPR in battle with Bristol City to sign Aston Villa man

QPR want to snap up out-of-favour Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan.

West London Sport reports that Mark Warburton is keen to take the Republic of Ireland international, 27, to Loftus Road on loan.

Bristol City have been linked with Hogan but face competition from former Brentford boss Warburton, who signed him for the Bees and now wants him to return to west London.

Brentford sold Hogan for £12m in January 2017 but he has been unable to make an impact and spent the second half of last season on loan at Sheffield United, who were promoted to the Premier League along with Villa.

He started just five league matches for the Yorkside side, scoring twice, and is set for another move as he is not in Villa boss Dean Smith’s plans.

Hogan suffered cruciate knee ligament damage on his league debut for Brentford in August 2014 and did not play again until March 2016.

But he was in prolific form after that return and was snapped up by Villa after interest from several clubs, but has failed to impress since then.

West London Sport also reports that Warburton  wants to bring in youngsters on loan from Premier League clubs and plans to offload Matt Smith, who is wanted by Millwall, and keeper Matt Ingram.

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