Derby fight off interest from Luton Town and Huddersfield for the signing of Conor Hourihane… with the former Aston Villa midfielder undergoing a medical ahead of signing a two-year contract with the Rams
- Conor Hourihane is a free agent after leaving Aston Villa at the end of his deal
- He spent the last two seasons out on loan at Swansea and Sheffield United
- Derby are set to beat Luton Town and Huddersfield to sign the 31-year-old
The 31-year-old, who got married last weekend, is undergoing a medical ahead of signing a two year contract.
Conor Hourihane is set to join Derby County as a free agent after leaving Aston Villa
Derby have already signed Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Joe Wildsmith and Tom Barkhuizen and are talking to ex Villa and Stoke defender James Chester.
Hourihane’s contract at Aston Villa expired at the end of June, having joined the side in January 2017, when they were playing in the Championship.
The midfielder made 151 appearances in all competition for Villa and played a big part in helping them get promoted back to the Premier League via the play-offs in the 2018-19 campaign.
He made just six appearances in total since the return to the Premier League, which led to his loan spells at Swansea and Sheffield United.
The Republic of Ireland international was a target for former Rams boss Wayne Rooney
Derby have made a number of signings including Nathaniel Mendez-Laing this summer
Last season he made 31 appearances for Sheffield United, in which he scored one goal.
It was announced on Friday that lifelong fan David Clawes had ended their administration nightmare by taking over the club.
Less than a month before the start of the League One campaign, the club can at last look forward with cautious optimism after nearly 10 months of pain.
The terms of the Clowes deal means there will be no further points penalties as it guarantees creditors will be paid at least the minimum 25p in the pound. It meant they were also free to sign players.