By Amir Mir

Conor Hourihane has lauded Aston Villa as a “fantastic club” and has stated when a manager like Steve Bruce comes knocking for you “it does turn you head”.

The Barnsley playmaker netted a fantastic free-kick against promotion chasers Leeds on Saturday night to help the Tykes to a much-needed three points at Oakwell.

Garry Monk’s side, who took the lead in the Yorkshire derby, saw the home team score three goals in nine minutes against their rivals.

Hourihane was a main focal point of that comeback as his comments after the game seemed to suggest a move to Villa Park is edging closer.

“It’s a fantastic club Aston Villa,” Hourihane told Sky Sports.”When a manager like Steve Bruce comes looking for you, it does turn your head a little bit.”

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The 25-year-old has scored six goals and provided 12 assists in 27 games in all competitions for his current team this season.

While Hourihane was picking up three points with his current side, Villa let a two-goal lead slip in their Championship fixture.

Bruce’s side, who went 2-0 up against Preston at Villa Park in the earlier game, conceded two Jordan Hugill’s goals in the second period as they lost further ground in the promotion race.

Villa are now nine points adrift of the play-off places as they aim to secure an instant return to the Premier League.

Barnsley recorded a 1-1 draw against the Midlands club earlier on in the campaign when former manager Roberto Di Matteo was in charge. The duo next will next meet at Villa Park on February 14.

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