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Newcastle rival Villa for Barnsley's Howard

Newcastle United are joining Aston Villa's interest for Barnsley FA Cup hero Brian Howard.

The News of the World says Villa manager Martin O'Neill is preparing a £3 million bid for the midfielder and is keen to take him to Villa Park when the transfer window re-opens.

He will face stiff competition from Toon boss Kevin Keegan, who has had Howard watched in recent weeks and is planning his own multi-million pound bid.

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