Aston Villa fans on Twitter urge club to sign assist king after reported interest
By Dominic Toner
Aston Villa are interested in signing Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane – and the club’s supporters have expressed their delight on Twitter with the potential move.
Sky Sports reported on their transfer centre blog on Wednesday (12:36) that Villa are keen on signing the the 25-year-old central midfielder.
It is reported that he will cost around £1million and Steve Bruce’s side are one of several teams interested in the Barnsley captain, whose contract expires in the summer.
Hourihane has been in great form for Championship side Barnsley this season and been in great touch in front of goal.
The assist king has provided 13 already in 27 games this season, while also chipping in with five goals.
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Villa fans have urged the Midlands club to secure his signature and believe he could fit well into the team.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
If we could sign Rhodes, Hourihane & Lansbury, it would be a successful transfer window #avfc
— G-Mac (@GreggMac11) January 18, 2017
— Jacko (@Jacko__10) January 18, 2017
At least Hourihane has the ability to make more of the free kicks Grealish wins. #avfc
— Rob Jones (@UpTheAstonVilla) January 18, 2017
Sign Lansbury, Hourihane and Rhodes this month, add a right back, winger, centre back and a gk in the summer. Promotion 17/18 sorted #avfc
— Kev (@Kevavfc1993) January 18, 2017
Finally we're talking to Barnsley about Hourihane ???????????????? #avfc
— Matt (@Mtthwcwn) January 18, 2017
Intelligent players will naturally link well. I could see Lansbury, Hourihane, Grealish, Ross and Rhodes/Kodjia linking together
— Harry Johnson (@avfc_johnson) January 18, 2017
Hourihane played a major role in Barnsley’s promotion from League One last season and has managed to continue that form in the Championship.
The Irishman made 53 appearances last campaign across all competitions, scoring 11 goals and supplying 17 assists.
He has been one of the standout players in the Championship and won the Player of the Month back in August.
Villa have lacked creativity in midfield this season and will hope that Hourihane can add an extra spark in the side.
The Midlands giants have scored just 26 goals in the 26 league games, while top scorers Newcastle have netted almost double with 50.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club are getting serious about signing a £13million-rated Premier League striker.