West Brom and Sheffield United are both interested in making a potential move for Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane this summer, according to The Athletic.
Hourihane is facing an uncertain future this summer with him having been allowed to leave Aston Villa on loan to Swansea City in the January transfer window.
The 30-year-old played a key role in getting the Swans to the play-off final and managed to register five goals and two assists in his 22 league appearances for Steve Cooper’s side.
It has been reported by Birmingham Live that the writing is on the wall in terms of the midfielder’s long-term future at Villa Park.
That comes with him entering the final year of his current deal with the club and with Dean Smith thought to be eyeing up the addition of at least one more midfield player during the summer transfer window.
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The latest report from The Athletic has now revealed that a host of Championship sides would be interested in taking Hourihane from Aston Villa this summer.
However, it is believed that only a few clubs could actually afford the move for him. As a result, it is thought West Brom and Sheffield United are both interested in securing the 30-year-old’s services.
This would be a potentially excellent signing for both West Brom and Sheffield United to make this summer and Hourihane is a player that would add a lot of extra quality to their midfield options.
The 30-year-old looks set to leave Villa Park this summer and a move to a side that are likely to be challenging for promotion next term would surely appeal to him.
Hourihane is far too good to be sitting on the bench for the last year of his deal at Aston Villa and he showed during his time at Swansea that he can be a match-winner at Championship level. It is therefore a no-brainer for either West Brom or Sheffield United to make a move for him this summer.
Valerien Ismael learned firsthand how good Hourihane can be when his Barnsley side were beaten in the play-off semi-finals by Swansea last term. You could see the 45-year-old getting the best out of a player of his quality.
While Slavisa Jokanovic has managed to get the inspirational form out of players with a similar ability like Tom Cairney in the past and he might be the ideal manager to unlock the 30-year-old’s full quality.