West Brom are not interested in signing Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane this summer, according to Joseph Masi.
The Lowdown: West Brom keen on Hourihane move
Valerien Ismael will be looking to make new signings ahead of his first season at The Hawthorns, as the Baggies look to return to the Premier League.
One player who has been linked with a summer move to West Brom is Hourihane, who found game-time hard to come by at Villa last season. The 26-cap Republic of Ireland international only appeared four times in the top flight and was loaned out to Swansea City in January.
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Responding to a question from a West Brom fan, he stated: “From what I am hearing Albion aren’t interested in him.”
The Verdict: Strong squad option
Hourihane could be an ideal signing for West Brom, so it is disappointing to hear that their interest seemingly isn’t genuine.
At 30, he may not represent a long-term addition, but he has international experience and has played 31 times in the Premier League. He also showed some good form in the latter half of last season, scoring five times during his loan spell at Swansea as they made it to the play-off final.
Ismael could benefit from having more seasoned individuals in his squad who know how to earn promotion from the Championship, as Hourihane did with Villa back in 2018/19.
In other news, West Brom have suffered a potential blow in their quest to sign one player this summer. Find out who it is here.
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