Conor Hourihane joins Aston Villa from Barnsley

Image: Conor Hourihane becomes Steve Bruce's fifth signing of the January transfer window

Aston Villa have completed the signing of midfielder Conor Hourihane from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park and becomes manager Steve Bruce's fifth signing of the January transfer window.

Hourihane will link up with former Barnsley team-mate James Bree, who completed his move to Villa on Wednesday.

"I'm really pleased to be here," he told the club's website.

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Highlights from Oakwell as Barnsley took on Leeds in the Yorkshire derby.

"Aston Villa are a massive club and I'm looking forward to a new chapter in my career and developing further as a player under Steve Bruce.

"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."

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With Aston Villa said to leading the chase for Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane, take a look at some of his best bits from this season

Hourihane joined Barnsley from Plymouth Argyle in 2014 and became club captain the following year.

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He helped Barnsley secure promotion to the Sky Bet Championship via the play-offs last season, playing the full 90 minutes as the Tykes defeated Millwall 3-1 at Wembley.

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Image: Hourihane celebrates winning last season's Sky Bet League One play-off final

The Irishman has scored six times in 28 appearances this season with Barnsley currently eighth in the Championship, four points off the play-off positions.

Henri Lansbury, Sam Johnstone and Birkir Bjarnason have also joined Villa this month.

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