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The agent of Valencia and Spain striker David Villa has been to Eastlands to begin contract negotiations with Manchester City, ahead of a €69 million bid.

According to a report in the British tabloid The Sun, Manchester City's wealthy owners are keen to bring Valencia striker David Villa to Eastlands and will offer €69 million to secure his services.

Apparently, the player's agent, Jose Luis Tamargo, has already been to Eastlands to iron-out a contract for his client with the Blues offering €173,000-a-week for five years.

Valencia are currently third in La Liga and while it is unlikely that they will want to sell one of their top players during a title push, their poor financial status may force them to do so.

El Guaje (The Kid) has been one of the most lethal forwards in Spanish football in recent years and he has already scored 12 goals from just 14 games this season.

While the former Real Zaragoza man has been well known to many fans of European football for years, he came to the attention of a wider audience this summer when he helped guide Spain to the Euro 2008 title, finishing as the tournament's top scorer with four goals.

--Ricky Brooks,