Report: Rangers want Barnsley's Conor Hourihane, player aware of interest, six-figure fee required

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Rangers are reportedly pursuing a summer deal for Barnsley star Conor Hourihane.

According to the Daily Mail, Rangers are keen on signing Barnsley's goalscoring midfielder Conor Hourihane during the summer transfer window.

The Gers have sealed promotion to the Scottish Premiership, but with a possible European campaign on the horizon if they can beat Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final, manager Mark Warburton will need numbers in his squad.

With loan stars Gedion Zelalem and Dominic Ball scheduled to return to Arsenal and Tottenham respectively, Warburton may place particular emphasis on the centre midfield, with one particular target in mind.

The Daily Mail report that Rangers have registered an interest in signing Barnsley skipper Conor Hourihane this summer, with Warburton looking to add quality to his squad.

Hourihane, 25, was on the books with Sunderland and Ipswich but failed to make the grade with either, joining up with Plymouth Argyle in 2011.

After three years with the Pilgrims, Hourihane was snapped up by Barnsley, and he has been a star in League One ever since. With 14 goals last season and another ten so far this term, the Irishman has been a prolific midfielder for the Tykes, impressing with his ability to score from long range.

Now, it's claimed that Rangers want to lure Hourihane to Ibrox, and the player is aware of interest from the Gers - but Barnsley are seeking a six-figure fee for Hourihane, meaning Rangers may have to cough up if they want to land their man.

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