Aston Villa are mulling over a loan deal for former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb, according to talkSPORT.

The Belarus international is available for loan again this summer after spending last season on loan at Birmingham City.

And Aston Villa are reportedly leading the race for the former Arsenal midfielder.


Hleb made over 100 appearances for Arsenal during his three years stay in north London, but could now make the switch to another midlands club in Villa.

The 30-year-old would link up with Alex McLeish, who brought Hleb to Birmingham last season, and would become the second many to make the move across to Villa.

Hleb said earlier this summer that he would prefer a move back to Arsenal, but with The Gunners hunting down other targets, namely Valencia's Juan Mata, a deal looks unlikely.

Villa have lost Nigel Reo-Coker from the middle of their midfield, as well as Stewart Downing and Ashley Young from the wide areas, and McLesih overseas a transitional period at Villa Park.

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