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Report: Aston Villa make seven-figure bid for Barnsley star Conor Hourihane, Bruce wants reunion

Conor Hourihane celebrates scoring for Barnsley

Aston Villa have reportedly made a move to sign Barnsley star Conor Hourihane.

According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa have made a bid of £1million for Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane as they look to beat Sheffield Wednesday to his signature.

Villa have already made one new signing during the January transfer window, with Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone joining the club on loan until the end of the season.

Conor Hourihane celebrates scoring for BarnsleyConor Hourihane celebrates scoring for Barnsley

However, with Villa seven points off a play-off place, manager Steve Bruce will be keen to add more new faces to his side, and another midfielder appears to be on his wishlist given that Aaron Tshibola has made little impact since his summer move from Reading, and Ashley Westwood has continue to struggle this term.

Now, the Daily Mail claim that Villa are keen on Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane, and have submitted a £1million bid to try and land him during this month's transfer window.

Cardiff City's Craig Noone in action with with Barnsley's Conor HourihaneCardiff City's Craig Noone in action with with Barnsley's Conor Hourihane

Irish midfielder Hourihane, 25, has been a star for Barnsley ever since his 2014 move from Plymouth Argyle, as he hit 26 goals in his first two seasons with the club whilst captaining them to promotion from League One last season.

This term, Hourihane has grabbed two goals and a stunning 11 assists, and with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, interest in his signature was inevitable – and Villa have now allegedly tabled a seven-figure bid for him.

Manager Bruce worked with Hourihane at Sunderland, and is keen to reunite at Villa Park, hence his £1million bid – though it's unclear whether Barnsley will accept that.

Sheffield Wednesday are also keen to land Hourihane, just hours after raiding Barnsley for striker Sam Winnall, but Villa have jumped to the front of the queue by making a cash offer to the Tykes for their star midfielder.

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