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Man City move for Leeds teenager

Fabian Delph
Delph began his career at Bradford City before moving to Leeds in 2001

Manchester City have entered the race to sign Leeds United's highly rated midfielder Fabian Delph.

Aston Villa and Everton have also been linked with the 19-year-old left-sided player, who was withdrawn from Leeds' friendly with Burnley on Saturday.

"We have an interest in the situation," said City boss Mark Hughes after their 1-1 friendly away draw with Barnsley.

City's interest in Delph is a surprise given their summer spending spree has targeted experienced internationals.

During the summer transfer window City have spent close to £100m in signing the likes of Kolo Toure, Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz, Gareth Barry and Emmanuel Adebayor.

"He is a young player who has been brought to our attention," said Hughes of City's interest in Delph, who is likely to command a transfer fee of in excess of £6m.


"I'm not sure where we are up to with that because obviously I have been busy with the game."

Delph won the Football League's Young Player of the Year award last season.

His form, which secured an England Under-21s debut in November, established him as one of the stars of a League One campaign that ended in play-off semi-final defeat to Millwall.

Although he signed a four-year deal at Elland Road in September, speculation linking him with a move to the top flight has continued with Leeds denying in June that Everton had made a bid.

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see also
Leeds United reject Beckford bids
09 Jul 09 |  Leeds
Leeds deny Delph link to Everton
10 Jun 09 |  Leeds
Stars may leave Leeds - Grayson
19 Jun 09 |  Leeds
Beckford transfer-listed by Leeds
26 May 09 |  Leeds
Beckford and Delph win top awards
15 Apr 09 |  Leeds

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