Sheffield United 'target' Scott Hogan left out of Aston Villa's preseason training camp

Scott Hogan is one of Sheffield United's targets during the transfer window.
Scott Hogan is one of Sheffield United's targets during the transfer window.
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Could the striker be heading to Sheffield?

Sheffield United transfer target Scott Hogan has been left out of Aston Villa's preseason training camp in Portugal, fuelling speculation that the 26-year-old could be on the move this summer as the Birmingham club look to offload star players.

But Villa manager Steve Bruce insists the striker's absence from the trip to the Algarve is only to allow Hogan time to recover from a groin injury, which he has been nursing for most of the summer, report the Birmingham Mail.

United have shown interest in the former Brentford man, as Chris Wilder told the Star he was looking at players that have proven Championship experience to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Wilder confirmed the Blades have put bids in for two or three targets as he looks to bolster his attacking options and reinvest the £12million received from AFC Bournemouth for David Brooks.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Bruce confirmed that Villa need to sell squad members to meet Financial Fair Play requirements, with a number of star players said to be heading for the exit.

Last season's play-off finalists need to raise an estimated £40million through sales of their highest earners to comply with the rules.

Hogan, who posted a photo on Instagram showing a return to training with teammates Henri Lansbury and Micah Richards earlier this week, has struggled to make an impact since his £10million move to Villa Park in 2017.

The ex-Stocksbridge Park Steels man has bagged seven goals in 50 league appearances for Villa, having previously gone on a scoring run of 13 goals in 18 games for Brentford in 2016 before joining Bruce's side.