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MLS' latest arrival David Villa to make temporary Australia switch

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Melbourne City have announced the temporary signing of new Major League Soccer star David Villa.

The Spaniard will link up with the Australian side in October, before departing for the United States at the turn of the year.

At the same time as announcing the signing, the club revealed their rebranding as Melbourne City, having previously operated under the name Melbourne Heart.

This comes following January's takeover by the City Football Group, who also own Manchester City and the club former Atletico Madrid man Villa has just signed for - New York City FC.

His move to the Big Apple had only been completed on Monday, with sporting director Claudio Reyna confirming at the time that the 32-year-old would be playing elsewhere in the latter part of 2014.

The former USA international did not detail Villa's exact destination at the time, only stating that it would not be to Manchester - as had been previously rumoured.

Spain's all-time record goalscorer has never previously played outside of his native country, let alone Europe, but will now take in two new continents within the next year.

The Heart will be boosted by his arrival, having finished bottom of the ten-team A-League last season.

The club was formed in 2009 and has never finished higher than sixth, though gaining a reputation for bringing through young players - with former star Curtis Good now an Australian international and on the books of EPL team Newcastle United.

Patrick Kisnorbo is the most notable name currently on their roster, after the former Leicester City centre-half joined from Leeds United last year.

Meanwhile, the latest big European name to be linked with a move to New York City is Alberto Gilardino.

Reports in Italy are crediting City with an interest in the 31-year-old who could partner Villa in attack at Yankee Stadium next year.

With their first signing delivered and Frank Lampard widely expected to join the club after the World Cup, Gilardino could take the third Designated Player spot.

Like Villa, the Italian has won a World Cup and never played outside his country of birth, but SportItalia believe he may be ready to make his first move abroad.

The former Fiorentina forward currently plies his trade with Genoa, and Canale Genoa are reporting that City will compete with Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande for his signature.

Gilardino was also targeted by Toronto FC late last year, before the Canadian club instead opted for England international Jermain Defoe.

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