Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane is being targeted by a surprise club this summer, in a move that would see him move across the continent.
According to multiple reports in Turkey, the Republic of Ireland international is wanted by Besiktas and Trabzonspor this summer.
The original report appears to stem from the Ihlas News Agency, one of the more reputable sources in Turkey. They claim that Hourihane’s agent has offered him to clubs in Turkey, with the 29-year-old seemingly open to the move.
They report that Besiktas are keen on the Aston Villa player to strengthen their midfield whilst Eddie Newton, the English boss of Trabzonspor, is also interested.
Newton, who knows Aston Villa assistant boss John Terry well from their time together at Chelsea, might have a slight advantage in any pursuit.
No transfer fee is given, but Hourihane is into the final year of his deal at Villa Park and would be an affordable option.
The Irishman played 34 times for Aston Villa last season and played a pivotal role in the club’s battle to avoid relegation with some eye-catching form after the Premier League restart.
He bagged three assists in the final seven games which proved crucial to the club’s survival.
Of course, Aston Villa fans will take these reports with a pinch of salt. Turkish reports are often lost in translation and fans rarely take them too seriously. But if reports in the UK start to emanate regarding Hourihane potentially moving on, then perhaps there is some credence to the claims.