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By Amir Mir

Paul McGrath has stated on Twitter that it is “great news” that new Aston Villa signing Conor Hourihane has joined the club.

The club confirmed on their official Twitter account on Wednesday morning that the highly-rated playmaker has made a switch from Yorkshire outfit Barnsley.

After McGrath’s message to Hourihane, the 25-year-old responded by saying that he will do well if he can have half the career of the former centre-back.

Former Republic of Ireland international McGrath won 83 caps for his country during a stellar career which has seen him regarded as one of the best centre-backs of the last three decades.

This was McGrath’s message to Hourihane after he signed for the club as posted on his personal Twitter account.

“Great news you have joined Aston Villa,” said McGrath. “It’s a brilliant place to play football.”

This was Hourihane’s response to his fellow Irishman McGrath as posted on his personal Twitter account.

“If I have half the career you had here I’ll be okay,” said Hourihane.

Steve Bruce’s side are currently nine points off their minimum target of the season which is finishing in the play-off places.

In recent weeks, they have dropped valuable points, losing three of their last four fixtures in all competitions and squandering a 2-0 lead against Preston at the weekend.

In their last Championship game, Bruce played Ashley Westwood and January signing Henri Lansbury in the middle of the park.

Now, he has the option of selecting Hourihane, fellow January addition Birkir Bjarnason, Ashley Westwood, Gary Gardner, Aaron Tshibola, and Mile Jedinak.

Bruce has on occasions picked Jack Grealish to play in behind the striker and opted to choose utility man Leandro Bacuna in a central midfield position too.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Tony Xia and Keith Wyness are planning another blitz in this window.

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