Premier League quartet fight for Spanish teen sensation - reports

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Manchester City are poised to win the race for Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool target Hicham Khaloua according to

The highly rated 16-year-old sensation, currently plies his trade with Spanish second division outfit FC Cartagena, but is widely regarded as one of Europe's hottest prospects having excelled in the club's youth side.

Khaloua was expected to make the step up to Cartagena's senior side in 2011/12, but now looks set to switch to the Barclays Premier League with Eastlands the destination as Roberto Mancini looks to protect the Citizens' long-term future by completing another astute signing.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be disappointed that Khaloua has snubbed Old Trafford interest in favour of the Red Devils'local rivals, having accepted an invitation to train with them at the club's Carrington base.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has also set his sights on bringing the brightest young talent available to Anfield as the Reds change their transfer policy by reinvesting time and money into their youth development on Merseyside.


Meanwhile new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has been getting to know his recently inherited Blues squad, and hasn't yet made clear any potential transfer targets to bring to Stamford Bridge this summer.

However long-standing interest in Khaloua will likely come from the Chelsea hierarchy as opposed to the recently installed management set-up.

Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona were also said to be courting Khaloua, but it is City who have come to the front of the queue ahead of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in a bid to land his signature.

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