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Huddersfield Town are lining up a move for Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane – which could enable Jacob Butterfield to be sold to Derby County, claim the Daily Mail

Conor Hourihane is a target for Huddersfield Town

Conor Hourihane is a target for Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield have rejected three bids from Derby for the 25-year-old and have slapped a £5million price tag on the midfielder’s head to warn off the Rams.

Paul Clement is on the lookout for a new midfielder as Will Hughes is ruled out for six months after suffering a serious knee injury against Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the season.

Clement has now turned his attention to Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Dale Stephens after being told by Town that Butterfield was not for sale.

The Terriers have money to spend following the sale of goalkeeper Alex Smithies to Queens Park Rangers this week and now Chris Powell is lining up a move for Barnsley’s Player of the Season Conor Hourihane, who scored 14 goals in 53 appearances last season.

Hourihane, 24, began his carer at Sunderland but failed to make an appearance for the Black Cats and followed Roy Keane to Ipswich Town in 2010.

But he failed to make a first-team outing at Portman Road and ended up being released a year later which led to a move to Plymouth Argyle.

The Irishman scored 15 goals in 125 appearances for the Pilgrims in a three year spell, including eight in 45 appearances during the 2013/14 campaign which resulting in a £200,000 move to Barnsley last summer.

Hourihane is an important part to manager Lee Johnson’s plans as he looks to amount a promotion push in League One this season and the midfielder has two years left on his contract at Oakwell.

It may take a large offer for Barnsley to even consider selling and Town boss Powell may be better off strengthening other areas of his squad.

What do you make to the news Huddersfield fans? Do you think your club should move for Hourihane or would Chris Powell be better off strengthening other areas? Let us know in the comments section below! 

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