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ASTON VILLA have joined the Premier League chase for Rangers star Joe Aribo.

The Nigeria international was a key figure when Villa boss Steven Gerrard led the Gers to last season’s Scottish Premiership title.

1Aribo could be on his way to the Premier LeagueCredit: Willie Vass

And the pair could be reunited with the versatile midfielder tipped to return south of the border this summer amid interest from Crystal Palace, Brentford and other top-flight English clubs.

South London-born Aribo, 25, made his breakthrough at Charlton before signing for Gerrard’s Rangers in 2019.

He played mostly as a deep-lying midfielder, but also featured in a more attacking role and wide on the right.

Aribo has also played in a variety of roles this season, even taking a turn at centre forward in the first half of Rangers’ victory over RB Leipzig in the second leg of their Europa League semi final.

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His current contract runs out next year and he has so far resisted attempts to persuade him to sign a new deal.

Rangers will hope to drive up the price but could sell for less than £10m.

Aston Villa have already announced the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.

The Brazilian, 29, reunited with Gerrard back in January when he joined the club on loan.

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But earlier this week he signed a long-term contract for a transfer fee of just £17million.

The Villans are also keen to strike a deal with Liverpool for out-of-favour defender Joe Gomez.

Gerrard wants to completely upgrade his team's spine in the upcoming window and is scouting midfield and defensive reinforcements.

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Pep Guardiola breaks down in tears as Man City win Premier League after stunning comeback win against Aston Villa

PEP GUARDIOLA broke down in tears after winning his fourth Premier League title in dramatic style.

Manchester City were 2-0 down at the Etihad to Aston Villa when they launched an epic comeback with 15 minutes remaining.

2Pep Guardiola broke down in tears as Man City pipped Liverpool to the titleCredit: Ruckas 2Pep could not contain his emotions after City's dramatic late comeback against VillaCredit: Ruckas

Two goals from Ilkay Gundogan and a third from Rodri – all in the space of five minutes – propelled City to top spot ahead of Liverpool.

The Reds kept the pressure up in their game against Wolves at Anfield, which they won 3-1.

It means City secured the title by just one single point.

And as the final whistle blew, Guardiola released all his emotions on the field.

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The former Barcelona boss was embraced by City’s coaches as wild celebrations broke out across the stadium.

But Guardiola didn’t know where to look as the tears began to stream down his face.

The Spaniard was hugged by assistant Juan Lillo as he put his head in his hands and sobbed openly.

Guardiola had been a bag of nerves throughout the game, especially when Villa netted their second goal with just 20 minutes to play.

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Had the visitors held on to their 2-0 lead, or even secured a point, the title would have ended up at Anfield.

But Gundogan’s 81st minute winner was the difference in the end.

And Guardiola was not ashamed to reveal his emotions to the public at the final whistle.

However, City fans were in a jubilant mood as they invaded the pitch during full time.

Delighted supporters stormed the field to congratulate their idols.

And some even ended up breaking the CROSSBAR as the likes of Kevin De Bruyne were mobbed.

However, Villa boss Steven Gerrard claimed afterwards that his goalkeeper Robin Olsen was attacked by City fans while trying to reach the tunnel.

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The stopper came off holding the back of his head.

And Gerrard said: “Our goalkeeper was attacked. I am going to see how he is now. I think you should ask Pep and Man City those questions.”

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