Reports have suggested that the Blades have stepped up their interest in the Republic of Ireland international as Slavisa Jokanovic looks to mould the squad into his own.
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Aston Villa midfielder Hourihane spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea City in the Championship after struggling to get minutes at Villa Park.
Many Blades fans have reacted positively on Twitter to the news of Hourihane being linked with a move to the club.
What have these Sheffield United fans had to say?
“Be some signing”
“Great player, hoped we’d have signed him few years before.”
“I’m excited at the prospect of this happening. Such a great player at this level.”
“Hope this is true. Been wanting him for a little while now, especially seen as it seems Villa don’t really want him.”
“Wouldn’t mind that”
The Blades currently have five players on their books who can play as a central midfielder, but bringing in someone like Hourihane who has plenty of Championship experience under his belt would be a smart move, even if it was just a loan deal.
Jokanovic is still yet to sign anyone this summer, so it could be argued that he is rather happy with his team, having appeared to decide against wholesale changes following the Blades’ relegation last term.
That said, it appears that plenty of United fans would nevertheless see Hourihane as a fine addition to the squad.