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Aston Villa deal for Championship ace edges closer after Tony Xia hint

By Amir Mir

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has followed Barnsley playmaker Conor Hourihane on Twitter in the biggest hint yet that he is set to sign for the club.

Steve Bruce confirmed in his Friday press conference that Villa are waiting for a response from Barnsley in regards to the Tykes assist king.

The 25-year-old playmaker has been in splendid form this season providing 12 assists in the Championship.

Now, the Championship ace looks set to join a club that is vying to earn promotion back to the Premier League, but they sit ten points adrift of the top six.

Here is Xia following Hourihane on Twitter:

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Villa recently added Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury to their midfield ranks when the 26-year-old made a permanent transfer on Friday afternoon.

If Hourihane were to join the Midlands club then he would be competing for a midfield place alongside, Mile Jedinak, Aaron Tshibola, Ashley Westwood, Gary Gardner and now Lansbury.

Bruce’s side have struggled in the middle of the park this season, with their midfield men only scoring two goals.

Additionally, they have also lost their last three encounters in all competitions as Bruce looks to add a bit of bite to his midfield.

They will now take on Simon Grayson’s Preston North End on Saturday afternoon, looking to end their four-match winless streak.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, this sensational striker bid is set to happen by Sunday with reports suggesting it could be a loan deal.

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