Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has revealed to the Birmingham Mail that he expected Scott Hogan to join West Ham United.
Hogan was heavily linked with a switch to the London Stadium after attracting Premier League attention by scoring 14 goals in 25 Championship appearances for Brentford.
However, it appears as though manager Slaven Bilic was the one to pull the plug on a potential deal, telling the press that he was happy with the strikers that he already has.
Hogan went on to sign for Villa on a four-and-a-half-year deal in January, but Wyness has revealed that it even took the club by surprise.
“The whole Scott Hogan thing, we didn’t believe he was going to become available because we thought he was going to be going to West Ham.
“It only came about in the last week of the window that we might be able to get the deal done. He’s always been a target and we were pleased to see, after his injuries last summer, how his medical side had stood up.”
All players want to compete at the top level, so it would not be surprising if the forward had seriously considered signing for the Hammers.
We may not know the full details, but it seems as though West Ham were the ones to walk away, which begs the question, should Hogan have waited?
The Englishman’s impressive goalscoring form for Brentford in the first half of the season is what sparked the attention of other clubs.
Hogan may have felt that if he did not move now, he might never get as good an opportunity again.
Unfortunately for the striker, it does not look as though Villa will return to the Premier League next season as they currently sit 15th in the table, 16 points adrift of the playoff places.
In four appearances for the Villans, Hogan is yet to score or produce an assist, but he has not played since the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United on February 20 due to injury.
The team have recovered from five straight defeats to claim back-to-back wins.