Sheffield United’s Irish contingent looks set to be reduced this summer as the club are reportedly not prioritising the signing of striker Scott Hogan on a permanent deal.
Hogan joined the Blades on loan from Aston Villa in January and he helped Chris Wilder’s side to Premier League promotion playing eight times, scoring twice and creating one goal.
The 27-year old added some strong depth to United’s forward-line and impressed in his short spell, but he may not be returning to Bramall Lane next season according to a report in the Sheffield Star.
The report outlines that the Blades are prioritising other options in the centre-forward department with Brentford striker Neal Maupay and Swansea’s Oli McBurnie both being looked at.
Hogan was recently included in Ireland’s 27-man squad for the upcoming European qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar thanks to his return to form and fitness at Bramall Lane.
The striker’s previous spell at Aston Villa was a largely unsuccessful one as a lack of fitness and game time meant that he scored just 10 goals in 61 games since his arrival from Brentford and it is expected that the Irish international will move on from Villa Park in the summer.
Hogan is yet to feature for Ireland since Mick McCarthy took over from Martin O’Neill but the Irish boss had outlined during the previous camp that the striker is a player he is fond of from back in his Brentford days.
“You look at the strikers we have, I could make an argument for Scott Hogan. I saw him playing for Brentford and in my mind, when I got the job, I’m thinking Scott Hogan is a shoo-in for me for the way he played at Brentford.
“But he went to Villa, he got injured, he didn’t play, he’s not scored, he’s gone to Sheffield United, he played the other night and still hasn’t scored.
“If he can back to his form at Brentford, he’d be a shoo-in because he was outstanding, he had a great couple of seasons there.”