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Man City to outbid Villa for Barcelona midfielder Hleb

Manchester City are ready to bring Alex Hleb back to England.

The News of the World says City are lining up a bid for former Arsenal midfielder Hleb.

The Eastlands club are willing to offer the Belarus ace a four-year deal.

He has spent a frustrating two seasons with the Spanish champions, unable to nail down a regular place, and was loaned out to Stuttgart at the end of the campaign. A permanent move to the Bundesliga is unlikely after Hleb fell out with Stuttgart coach Christian Gross.

Aston Villa are also said to be interested in Hleb but do not have City's cash.

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