Conor Hourihane completes Aston Villa move
Hourihane, a former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year contract at Aston Villa.
The former Sunderland youngster has been in scintillating form for Barnsley this season, scoring six goals and providing three assists in 28 appearances.
Conor Hourihane had a hand in 19 goals for Barnsley this season
He links up with former Tykes team-mate James Bree, 19, who completed his switch from Oakwell to Villa Park yesterday.
The 25-year-old, who was out of contract in the summer, told the club's official website: "I’m really pleased to be here.
"Aston Villa is a massive club and I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my career and developing further as a player under Steve Bruce.
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“I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone connected to Barnsley Football Club; from the owner, to the head coach, the backroom staff, and of course to the supporters who have been amazing to me throughout my time at Oakwell."
Hourihane becomes Steve Bruce's fifth signing of the January window, following full-back Bree, midfielders Birkir Bjarnason and Henri Lansbury and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.