By Amir Mir

Barnsley have rejected a bid from their Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday for Conor Hourahine as Aston Villa keep tabs on the playmaker, according to a report.

The Mirror claim on their transfer blog on Tuesday (10. 40am) that the Tykes have turned down an offer of more than £1million from Wednesday.

This comes after Birmingham Mail reporter Gregg Evans claimed on his personal Twitter account on Friday that Villa are preparing a £1million bid for the 25-year-old as they eye up a swoop this month.

It is said by the Mirror that a number of clubs have been eyeing a move for Hourahine as his contract is due to expire in the summer.

The Irishman has been in fine form this season scoring five goals and providing 12 assists in 24 Championship games – he has assisted seven in his last nine games.

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Steve Bruce’s side are ten points behind Wednesday in the table as the Yorkshire club occupy the final play-off spot.

Football Insider verdict:

Conor Hourahine has shown that he should be playing at a higher level so moving to Sheffield Wednesday, a team currently in the play-offs, should match his qualities. The Yorkshire club will want to ensure that the disappointment of losing the play-off final last season is put behind them. Adding quality players will only help them make that much-needed push over the line and make a possible return to the Premier League. This season, Hourahine has guaranteed goals and assists, if he were to join a team in the top six then his signature could become the difference maker. Not only that, if he were to be successful then he could find himself playing top-flight football next season. 

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club could be involved in a transfer scrap as rivals try to hijack playmaker deal.

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