Owen Hargreaves scored on his debut as Manchester City beat holders Birmingham 2-0 last night to reach the Carling Cup 4th Round.

Roberto Mancini hailed the performance of his deadline day signing, who scored his first goal in over three years with a long range beauty.

After the game, Hargreaves spoke of his desire to put his nightmare injury problems behind him and help City compete on all four fronts.

Steven Gerrard returned to action for Liverpool last night after 6 months on the sidleines as the Reds beat Championship side Brighton 2-1.

Chelsea were also victorious, edging out Fulham on penalties having played for 70 minutes with 10 men following Alex’s second half dismissal.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is said to be ready to offer £10 millon to bring Fiorentina midfielder Juan Manuel Vargas to the Emirates in July.

Andre Villas-Boas could make a sensational £35 million move for Germany and Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez in order to boost his attack.

Manchester United striker Michael Owen has signaled he could leave the reigning champions in order to secure regular first team football.

Elsewhere, Joey Barton has revealed he almost joined Arsenal, Swansea could move for Sol Campbell, and Tottenham want striker Eder Lopez.

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