Warnock rules out Hleb bid

Hleb has spent the first half of the season on loan at Wolfsburg

from Barcelona, but the Bundesliga club will not be extending the

arrangement. The Belarus schemer has endured an injury-hit spell at

Wolfsburg and had been linked with a switch to QPR to help regain

his fitness. However, Warnock has played down speculation he wants

to add the 30-year-old to his squad as he plots his New Year

transfer activity. “I read that one the other day,” said Warnock in

The Sun. “There’s no truth in it. I would struggle to say his name

in the team talk!” Hleb has struggled for form and fitness since

leaving Arsenal for Barcelona in 2008 after spending three years

with Arsene Wenger’s side. He took in a loan spell at Birmingham

City last term, but injuries hindered his prospects of making an

impact at St Andrew’s and he is likely to be looking for another

club when the transfer window reopens.