Barnsley’s Conor Hourihane looks to be on his way to Aston Villa in a £3m deal.
The 25-year-old Irish midfielder has been enjoying a fantastic season at Oakwell, scoring six goals and creating eleven more as Paul Heckingbottom’s side challenge for a playoff spot.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season and Hourihane not particularly minded to sign a new one, speculation had mounted that Barnsley would accept an offer this month rather than lose him for nothing in the summer – to that end, he is seemingly on his way to Villa Park for £3m.
Sheffield Wednesday were also believed to be interested in the player, but Steve Bruce and Villa appear to have won the race for his signature.
Villa owner Tony Xia took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to update Villa fans on the progress of the club’s transfer dealings, although he didn’t specify which player was the closest to signing:
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) January 24, 2017
However, the Birmingham Mail believe the Bree deal to be at 99.9%, with Hourihane at 95%. In any event, both players could be confirmed as Villa players in the next 24 hours.
The 51% is referring to a mystery striker, which reports are claiming could be Arsenal’s Chuba Akpom on a loan deal until the end of the season. The three aforementioned players will join a Villa side that has been recovering from a poor start to the season; they are currently in 13th but Bruce is looking to spearhead a late playoff charge.
Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury joined the club last week, with Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone also on board until the end of the current campaign.