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FOOTBALL: HOTLINE: Pearce in a Hessel-link to Dutch ace.

Byline: By Alan NIXON

MANCHESTER CITY boss Stuart Pearce is in the hunt for PSV Eindhoven's giant mouthful of a hitman Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.

Pearce has been chasing the big Dutchman for months - sounding out his camp about a bid in the summer.

And the City chief - who is finalising his targets for the next transfer window - saw the powerful striker score in a Champions League match in midweek.

Vennegoor of Hesselink was linked to several clubs in the close season, but did not want to quit Eindhoven while they were heading for the Champions League.

That could change in the new year and City - who have money to spend - are in the chase.

Pearce is also tracking Schalke's Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen, who was wanted by City at the start of the season.

Poulsen preferred to stay in the Bundesliga, but Pearce and high-flying City are hoping he may be interested in them in January.

Exciting Poulsen is keen to come to England and Pearce will monitor him over the next few months as he looks to shake up his squad.

DAVID O'LEARY wants to bring Paul Hart on to his

backroom staff at Aston Villa to help promote their home-grown talent.

Hart is one of the best talent-groomers in the game and is keen to return to that side after managerial stints at Nottingham Forest and Barnsley. Hart's earmarked by O'Leary for a position behind the scenes at Villa, but their current youth set-up has been successful - and it could cause some friction.

MICHAEL TONGE'S fall-out at Sheffield United has alerted some

of their Championship rivals.

The one-time Liverpool target has failed to claim a regular place this season. But United still hope midfielder, 22, will make a stronger contribution to his side's promotion bid.

EX-MILLWALL winger Christophe Kinet has been told he

is surplus to requirements at Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam.

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