Sheffield United have emerged as an interested party in Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane, according to The Athletic.
However, the report states that the 30-year-old is also a target of fellow relegated club West Brom, with both looking to bolster their chance-creating reinforcements for next season.
Hourihane, who is entering the final year of his contract at the Premier League club, spent the second half of last season with Swansea City, netting five times and providing two assists in 19 games with the club.
Proving once again to be an exciting talent when in possession, Hourihane helped The Swans into the play-off positions.
With Sheffield United now in pursuit, we take a look at one winner and one loser if The Blades strike a deal for the creative midfielder.
Winner: Rhian Brewster
Rhian Brewster endured a difficult start to life in Yorkshire, finding goals very hard to come by. However, his struggles were not just a reflection of the season he was having, the 21-year-old was part of a side who failed to create enough chances for him.
With United back in the Championship, it is a vital season for Brewster to prove himself once again. Something that will be made easier if he gets sufficient service – a near enough guarantee with Hourihane in the side.
The 30-year-old is excellent at picking the ball up in pockets and finding the run of his attacker, whilst Brewster possesses the ability to time his runs to perfection, and despite not showing it last season, he is a clinical finisher.
The potential arrival of Hourihane could be the kick Brewster needs to thrive with The Blades.
Loser: Luke Freeman
After spending last season on loan with Nottingham Forest, Luke Freeman has a real opportunity to impress Slavisa Jokanovic and pave his way into United’s team this season.
Possessing the ability to play in an attacking midfield role, as well as on both wings, Freeman has shown throughout his career that he is a creative spark.
However, should Hourihane arrive, it would certainly impact his role within the side and whether he would be deemed as a starter.
With The Blades’ reluctance to play with traditional wingers, it seems that Freeman’s biggest chance of playing regular first-team football at United is playing as an attacking midfielder.