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The pair have been confirmed as the new management team

McLeish chasing £10m N'Zogbia

Aston Villa have stepped up their interest in Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia with a £10m bid. Manager Alex McLeish rates the France winger his top target to replace the Liverpool-bound Stewart Downing.

Alex McLeish demands right attitude from Liverpool target Stewart Downing

Alex McLeish expects Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing to maintain the right attitude and professionalism if his hopes of a move to Liverpool fail to materialise.

Stiliyan Petrov wants to see Aston Villa sign Shay Given

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov believes Manchester City keeper Shay Given would be the ideal replacement for Brad Friedel.

Adebayor 'on strike' as City relationship turns ugly

Club in no rush to sell forward on the cheap as wages fall outside financial fair play rules / Corinthians make £35m bid for Tevez

Manchester City complete deal for Arsenal defender Gael Clichy

Gael Clichy has completed his move to Manchester City.

Gael Clichy to undergo Manchester City medical

Arsenal defender Gael Clichy could become a Manchester City player within the next 24 hours.

Thomas Hitzlsperger wants Aston Villa return

Thomas Hitzlsperger wants to return to Aston Villa, Press Association Sport understands.

Aston Villa target Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given

New Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is stepping up his attempts to sign a proven goalkeeper with Shay Given amongst the targets on his radar, Press Association Sport understands.

Mancini targets £9m Savic after going cold on expensive Cahill

Manchester city have earmarked the young Partizan Belgrade defender Stefan Savic to strengthen their defence for next season, with manager Roberto Mancini seemingly unconvinced that Bolton Wanderers' Gary Cahill should be pursued.

Keane keeps Nations Cup at home

Republic of Ireland 1 Scotland 0

Shay Given interested in Celtic switch

Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has refused to rule out a move to Celtic after insisting a switch to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League would not be a step down for him.

Tevez in line for Cup final after impressing in training

Striker links up well with Balotelli in desperate attempt to prove he is fit for Wembley

Shay Given faces shoulder operation

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed that goalkeeper Shay Given could be facing three months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

City well-placed to progress in spite of failure to find away goal

Aris Thessaloniki 0 Manchester City 0

Speed's dugout debut adds spice to cup launch

Wales coach seeks winning start against Republic of Ireland in revamped Home Nations tournament
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