Aston Villa agree to let midfielder Conor Hourihane join Swansea on loan with Premier League side hoping to tie up £15m deal for Marseille’s Morgan Sanson
- Swansea have agreed a loan deal for Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane
- Villa are looking to conclude a deal with Marseille for Morgan Sanson
- Hourihane has dropped down the pecking order with the arrival of Ross Barkley
Swansea have agreed a loan deal for Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane to join the club despite competition from Bournemouth and Watford.
The 29-year old will be allowed out with Villa looking to conclude a deal with Marseille for Morgan Sanson, as reported by Sportsmail at the weekend.
Hourihane has dropped down the pecking order with the arrival of Ross Barkley on loan from Chelsea, who has now recovered from a hamstring injury, and manager Dean Smith is happy for the Republic of Ireland international to find games elsewhere.
Aston Villa have agreed to let Conor Hourihane (L) go as they look to sign Morgan Sanson (R)
Swansea are second in the Championship table and their playing style under Steve Cooper proved a decisive factor though wages were initially considered to be an issue.
The Welsh club are working on a tighter budget compared to their rivals and they hope to confirm the arrival of USA international forward Jordan Morris on loan from Seattle Sounders over the next day or so.
Cooper has seen attacking midfielders Kasey Palmer and Morgan Gibbs-White recalled by parent clubs Bristol City and Wolverhampton Wanderers in recent weeks, while on-loan striker Viktor Gyokeres returned to Brighton before switching to Coventry City.
Villa are continuing talks with Marseille on Tuesday for 26-year old midfielder Sanson (left)
He is keen to ensure his squad is strong enough and that, despite Tuesday night’s Championship game at Blackburn being postponed, they don’t lose momentum in their promotion chase with Bournemouth four points behind them.
Villa, meanwhile, are continuing talks with Marseille on Tuesday for 26-year old Sanson.
As Sportsmail reported, the French side want around £20million for the former France U21 international but Villa hope to convince them to accept a compromise closer to £15m for the midfielder who has also drawn recent attention from West Ham.
Hourihane has dropped down pecking order with arrival of Ross Barkley on loan from Chelsea