Aston Villa sign Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane

Aston Villa have signed midfielder Conor Hourihane from fellow-Championship side Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.

Hourihane has been in fine form this season, contributing five goals and 11 assists for Barnsley, and was a member of the club’s League One promotion-winning side last season.

The Irishman, who joined Barnsley from Plymouth Argyle in 2014, made a total of 131 appearances for the Tykes, scoring 32 goals.

He joins former Barnsley team-mate James Bree, who also left the Yorkshire club for Villa earlier this week.

Hourihane said on Twitter: “It’s an absolute honour to have signed for @AVFCOfficial. Thank you for all the warm messages. Can’t wait to get going!! #UTV”

He also wished his former club all the best: “From the bottom of my heart than you to everyone at @bfc_official for the last 2 and a half years. We’ve shared some amazing memories…”

“I wish the club nothing but success. Now that I’m a Villa player I’m a Barnsley supporter!! Thank you again!!”

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