CONOR HOURIHANE has agreed to join Swansea on loan from Aston Villa.
The Ireland midfielder, 29, told Dean Smith he was desperate to play first team football.
And high-flying Championship side Swansea have a deal in place for Hourihane to join them for the rest of the season.
The temporary switch could be announced by Steve Cooper’s side as early as Wednesday.
But, because of Swansea’s postponed league game at Blackburn due to a waterlogged pitch, a medical is not expected in the next 24 hours with staff already in the north-west.
Hourihane has only made five appearances for Villa this season.
His game time has been limited due to the stand out displays of Douglas Luiz and John McGinn in central midfield.
Elsewhere, Villa are in the race to sign Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson.
Arsenal and West Ham are also said to be keen.
The central midfielder has 18 months remaining on his contract and manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed the interest from Premier League clubs.
Villas-Boas told reporters: "We'll see. The transfer window is open, Sanson is a player who is highly rated.
"Officially, we have not received any offers, unless it happened during the match.
"He is a boy who interests English teams because of his characteristics, and it is possible that something could happen."
French television programme Telefoot have also reported that Sanson is engaged in transfer talks with an unspecified English club over a January switch.
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