Swansea City has won the battle to loan Conor Hourihane from Aston Villa for the remainder of the season, according to The Athletic.
Stuart James believes the Swans beat league rivals AFC Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest to secure the signature of Hourihane, who has fallen out of favor this season due to the good form of Douglas Luiz and John McGinn at Villa Park.
The 29-year-old will likely join the Swans line-up after young Morgan Gibbs-White returns to his parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hourihane brings the same attack threat with more proven experience at this level.
Hourihane, who has played 24 caps for the Republic of Ireland, was last standout in the championship, scoring eight goals and scoring 12 goals in 46 league games in 2018/19 (Transfermarkt) as he helped Villa through the playoffs and back into the Premier League.
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Despite making 27 appearances in the Premier League for Villa Hourihane last season, he’s having a hard time playing this season despite scoring and helping out against Fulham in September.
And moving to South Wales gives him the chance to shine again in a promotional chase outfit, and also the opportunity to secure a possible permanent move in the summer.
This is a sensational signing for Swansea and a real statement of intent from its owners in helping Steve Cooper get back on top.
It must have stung Cooper to lose center-back Joe Rodon so late in October before the first transfer window of the season closed to see Ryan Bennett’s experience, and now Hourihane and US star Jordan Morris are also here for real exciting for Swan’s fans.
With Hourihane joining Andre Ayew, Matt Grimes and Jamal Lowe at Liberty Stadium, it’s hard to see Swansea not be in the race for an automatic promotion spot at the end of the season.