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Report: Aston Villa big-money signing to return to club in January

Stoke City manager Michael O’ Neill is willing to send Scott Hogan back to his parent club Aston Villa during this month’s transfer window, according to The Daily Mail.

The Republic of Ireland international joined the Potters on a loan deal last summer after he was seemingly deemed surplus to requirements at Villa Park after Dean Smith’s side managed to win promotion to the Premier League last season.

Villa striker Hogan has not made much of an impact for O’Neill’s side and has mustered just three goals from 13 Championship appearances.

The report added that O’Neill may look to send Hogan back to Villa Park this month.

Stoke are currently struggling to avoid relegation from the Championship this season and it is evident that they will need to chop and change a few players from their squad if they wish to beat the drop this season.

Villa similarly find themselves in a position where they are struggling to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

If Hogan does end up returning to the Villans, it is highly unlikely that Smith will give him regular game time between now and the end of the season.

He may also struggle to attract interest from top Championship clubs due to his struggles for form with Stoke during the first half of this season.

The eight-times capped Republic of Ireland international now finds himself in a position where he needs to rebuild his career.

At 27-years-old, he has time on his side but perhaps a move to a lower end Championship club could help.

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