Newcastle lead race for Manchester City star

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Newcastle United have been joined by Everton, Crystal Palace and Hull City in the race to sign Manchester City midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim, reports Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old is currently enjoying a loan spell back in his homeland with Norwegian outfit Stromsgodset, and is on the verge of helping them to their first domestic title in 43 years.

Citizens boss Manuel Pellegrini is understood to have told the Norway U21 international that he is free to leave the Etihad Stadium in January, which is set to spark a raft of interest from rival Premier League clubs.

Stromsgodset sports director Jostein Flo is hopeful that he might be able to convince the Manchester City starlet to remain with the Drammen outfit when his loan contract expires at the end of the Tippeligaen campaign.

"I think it is speculation," Flo told VG. "I will have a meeting with (Manchester) City in two or three weeks and then we will probably hear more.

"He is on loan with us until the end of the year, but we would like to keep him."

Ibrahim made his Manchester City debut in an FA Cup clash against Scunthorpe United in January 2010, but has failed to feature for the senior side again since.

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