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Mark Hughes has confirmed he is seriously considering a loan deal for Joe Hart to spend next season at newly-promoted Birmingham.

Manchester City put £10m tag on striker

Manchester City will expect Chelsea to pay around £10m for the services of their out-of-contract teenage striker Daniel Sturridge, an indication that City regard the player in the Theo Walcott bracket.

City underachievers raise bar for Hughes

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City's statement of intent is lost in translation

The framed newspaper image which Manchester United's Rafael da Silva has hung on his living room wall reveals that his impressive display keeping Robinho quiet at Eastlands in November was important to him. The 18-year-old's own handwritten caption is scrawled underneath. "Rafael has Robinho in his pocket," it reads.

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