Conor Hourihane looks to be closing in on a loan move away from Aston Villa, with the Daily Mail reporting that Swansea City are set to win the race for the midfielder.
Hourihane’s future has been up in the air for a little while. The 29-year-old has made just four appearances in the Premier League this season.
He has not featured for Dean Smith’s men since November. And it now appears that his exit could be imminent.
According to the Daily Mail, Bournemouth, Watford and Swansea were all tracking the Republic of Ireland international. And the report claims that it is the latter who will win the race. Steve Cooper’s side look set to sign Hourihane despite initial concerns over his wages.
It is suggested that with Villa in talks to sign Morgan Sanson, Hourihane – who earns £30,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – will be allowed to leave the club during this month.
It will be interesting to see what the long-term future holds for the midfielder. As shown by Transfermarkt, his contract will have one year to run upon his return to the Villans.
Should Sanson arrive, it is difficult to see Hourihane returning to the fold for next season. Instead, a permanent move away will surely be much more likely.
And should he impress while at the Liberty Stadium, it would be no surprise if there were a number of sides looking to offer him a fresh challenge ahead of next term.