Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane is reportedly on the radar of Swansea and Middlesbrough, according to TEAMtalk.
The 29-year-old is a cult hero at Villa Park, his heroics in 2018-19 helping the club to promotion back to the Premier League.
Hourihane registered seven goals and 12 assists in 43 Championship regular-season games, and also netted in the playoff semi-final first leg.
However, he has struggled for game time this season, with just three starts in the top flight, and as such, Villa are reportedly willing to let him go.
TEAMtalk claims that Championship promotion chasers Swansea are hopeful of a deal and are currently frontrunners for Hourihane’s signature, but Boro have made an approach too.
And both sets of fans seem eager to bring the Republic of Ireland international on board, with some of the social media reaction below:
Hourihane please I beg
— SCFC_Marley (@SCFC_Marley) January 15, 2021
Conor Hourihane would be an insane signing. Just worry about his reported high wages though. #Swans
— Rhys (@SCFC_Rhys2) January 15, 2021
Off to swansea then , great player
— Jamie Atkinson (@akey_utb) January 16, 2021
Would snap ya hands off for him
— Louis Coulton-Massey (@louisC_M) January 16, 2021
Always thought he’s a good player. Think Swansea are interested too!!
— Mark Bayley (@mark33198050) January 16, 2021
Today highlights the need for reinforcements to help us kick on and hopefully secure a play off spot, Connor Hourihane would be a shrewd addition and give us another much needed option in the centre of the park but a flair player needs to be the priority#Boro #UTB
— Tom McGarry ® (@tom_mcgarry17) January 16, 2021
— Matthew Rowney 💙 (@Matt_Rowney) January 16, 2021