Watford offer initial £8m for Brentford striker Scott Hogan

• West Ham also interested in signing former non-league striker
• Hogan has scored 14 goals from 25 Championship appearances

Watford have offered an initial £8m for Brentford’s Scott Hogan, with West Ham United also interested in the 24‑year‑old former non-league striker.

Walter Mazzarri, the Watford manager, is keen to strengthen his forward line having seen his side score only 23 goals in 19 Premier League matches.

He has identified Hogan as a solution, with the former Rochdale striker the Championship’s third highest goalscorer with 14 from 25 appearances. Brentford value him at more than £12m but with 18 months remaining on his contract they are expected to cash in this month.

Watford’s offer contains up to £2m in add-ons and is likely to be matched by West Ham, who made an unofficial approach this week. Slaven Bilic is also keen to add to his firepower after the failure of the summer signings Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri to make an impact, while Diafra Sakho is injured.

Newcastle had also expressed an interest in signing Hogan but it is understood the player is interested only in a move to the Premier League. Having begun his career at Rochdale, Hogan dropped out of the league in 2009 and joined the Northern Premier League Division One North side Woodley Sports. He played for Halifax Town, Jamie Vardy’s former club Stocksbridge Park Steels, Ashton United and Hyde before rejoining Rochdale in 2013.

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