New Fulham manager Mark Hughes has expressed an interest in Barcelona’s out of favour midfielder Alexander Hleb.

It has been reported that Hughes will be handed £25million to splash on players this summer by Fulham owner Mohammed Al Fayed as expectations reach fever pitch after the club reached the Europa League final last season.

But Hughes is thought to be keen at taking a number of players on loan including former Arsenal player Hleb.

The Belarus international has struggled to make an impact at Barcelona since qutting the Gunners in 2008 for £12million and was left out of the club’s pre-season plans.

Hleb was supposed to join Stuggart on loan but the move fell down and he is now said to be keen on moving back to the Barclays Premier League having enjoyed his spell at Arsenal.

Barcelona would rather sell the player – who is rated at about £4m -but they have received no offers this summer and may now have to loan him out.

Hughes could face competition from rivals Aston Villa, Sunderland, West Ham and Tottenham.