Report: One ex-Leeds Aston Villa star lined up to replace another as City eye Delph in Milner's spot

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Manchester City want to sign Fabian Delph of Aston Villa.

Manchester City have added Fabian Delph to their list of transfer targets, report The Telegraph.

The Aston Villa midfielder is being lined up to replace a player they bought from the club several seasons ago, James Milner.

Both Delph and Milner began their careers at Leeds United, but Villa face an uphill task to convince the former to join them.

Delph signed a new contract with Aston Villa earlier in 2015, and has been in excellent form under Tim Sherwood's management.

City lost James Milner to Liverpool on a free transfer earlier this summer, a blow not only to their midfield plans, but to their aim of reaching the required quota of homegrown players.

Villa will want to keep hold of Delph, having seen loanee Tom Cleverley decide against joining them this summer, signing with Everton instead.

While at Aston Villa, Delph has become a regular England international, and this could be key in helping him decide against joining Manchester City.

Milner struggled for regular football at the club, as did Adam Johnson and Scott Sinclair previously, and Delph would risk derailing his progress in the year building to Euro 2016.

The lure of Champions League football and a Premier League title bid is the opposite side of the coin, but it will take a serious amount of money from City for Villa to even let it get to the stage where the ball is in Delph's court to decide.

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