With things extremely tight at the top of League One, Kenny Jackett will be hoping recent signing Omar Bogle can make the difference for his Portsmouth side as they pursue Championship promotion, though the 57-year-old could have been pinning his hopes on another striker if things went differently this month.
Prior to confirmation of Bogle’s loan move from Cardiff City, Portsmouth had been linked with Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan in a potential transfer that Jackett hinted at being too expensive for his club. Indeed, despite his signing for Sheffield United on loan in January, a summer move wouldn’t be a bad idea for those on the South Coast.
“I don’t know what his [Hogan] wages are, I believe he went for £9m [from Brentford],” Jackett told The News. “He’s out of the side and is a centre-forward, but is not one that is coming to us.”
It is not clear how strong Portsmouth’s interest in Hogan was if there was any at all. But with Bogle, who has hardly set alight the Championship or League One, only at Fratton Park until the end of the season, targeting Hogan in the summer should they gain promotion could be a masterstroke by Portsmouth.
At Villa Park, things have certainly not worked out for Hogan for whatever reason. But during his final season as a Brentford player, the 26-year-old showed signs of becoming a 20-goal Championship striker.