Swansea City are lining up a move to sign Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
This site revealed on Thursday that the Premier League club are weighing up whether to offload the goalscoring midfielder, 29, this month.
A Swansea source has told Football Insider the club are working on a loan deal for Hourihane running until the end of the season.
The Championship’s second-placed side want to land a midfielder of proven pedigree and experience as they push for promotion.
The Republic of Ireland international fits the bill for the Swans, who they hope can persuade the player as well as Villa.
Hourihane has struggled for game time this season after being a key player for most of his four years at the Midlands giants.
He has made just three Premier League appearances this term among five appearances in all competitions.
The rock-solid central midfield partnership of Douglas Luiz and John McGinn has pushed him down the pecking order, while summer signings like Ross Barkley and Bertrand Traore have denied him opportunities higher up the pitch.
But Swansea are in no doubt about Hourihane’s calibre.
He was a key goalscorer and creator last season for Villa, scoring seven goals and supplying five assists from 34 appearances, 18 of which were league starts.
Hourihane has been a big hit at Villa since joining in January 2017 from Barnsley.
The left footer has played 150 times for the Midlands giants, scoring an impressive 29 goals as well as supplying 23 assists.