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Football: Barca want pounds 3m Harte; IAN IS NOU TARGET FOR SPANISH GIANTS.

Byline: MARTIN LIPTON

BARCELONA are lining up a shock pounds 3million move for Leeds United left-back Ian Harte.

New coach Louis Van Gaal has targeted the Republic of Ireland defender and believes Leeds and manager Terry Venables will be ready to sell Harte to the Nou Camp.

Van Gaal has turned his attention to 24-year-old Harte after giving up on his first two targets, Argentinians Diego Placente and Juan Sorin.

Bayer Leverkusen refused to sell Placente and while Lazio are willing to let Sorin go, he does not have a European Union passpart and Van Gaal has already exceeded his non-European quota.

Van Gaal is also still keen on signing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but will not meet Chelsea's likely pounds 15m asking price.

Barcelona claim they were offered Eidur Gudjohnsen when they enquired about the availability of Hasselbaink.

But Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has now said he would only be interested in an exchange deal which would see Patrick Kluivert going to Stamford Bridge.

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HARTE MURMUR: Ireland's Ian Harte is being linked with a big money move to Barcelona; VAN SALE: Louis Van Gaal will approach Venables for Harte
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 13, 2002
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