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Should Sheffield United compete with Swansea to sign Conor Hourihane?

Sheffield United should consider a move for Conor Hourihane during the January transfer window.

According to Football Insider, Aston Villa are considering letting Hourihane leave this month – most likely on loan.

It’s because the Republic of Ireland international has fallen down the pecking order under Villa manager Dean Smith this season.

Hourihane has played just five times in all competitions in 2020/21, with new signings such as Ross Barkley and Bertrand Traore keeping him out of the side.

Football Insider also claims that Swansea City are considering an offer to loan the 29-year-old until the end of the campaign.

Swansea are currently second in the Championship and view Hourihane as the ideal player to help fire them to promotion.

The Blades should consider Conor Hourihane

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Yet what if Hourihane had the opportunity to stay in the Premier League for the remainder of this term?

The Blades are known to be in the market for a midfielder and boss Chris Wilder is targeting two loan signings this month.

Jesse Lingard has been strongly linked, but apparently the Manchester United man is reluctant to join a relegation fight.

Wilder needs proven Premier League quality if his team are to pull off a remarkable comeback and avoid the drop this season.

Which isn’t easy to come by on a temporary basis. It’s why Lingard is such an attractive option.

Yet while not as experienced in the division, Hourihane has proven himself in the top flight of English football.

In 2019/20, the Irishman scored three goals and provided five assists in 27 league games as Villa avoided relegation on the final day.

Hourihane could easily slot into the Blades’ midfield three and would also provide some attacking impetus.

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