There are many reports in the papers this morning, that Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate is hoping to persuade Newcastle United to sell James Milner.
James Milner – hopefully going nowhere
Some stories say that Middlesbrough want Milner to replace Gary Oâ€™Neil, if he leaves the club in the summer to return to the south, as expected.
Apparently Oâ€™Neilâ€™s family have not settled since his Â£5m move from Portsmouth last summer.
The Middlesbrough manager is no doubt a big admirer of the Newcastle midfielder, but weâ€™d be surprised if any of these stories are true.
Of course all the stories point to the fact that James was not in the Newcastle team that went on an unbeaten 7 game streak â€“ but for most of that time James had his foot injury.
No, weâ€™d be surprised if Kevin is even thinking of letting 22 year-old Milner leave Newcastle.
The boy has played really well over the last 2 seasons, and heâ€™s only going to get better.
And some of the fees mentioned â€“ like Â£5M â€“ are ridiculous, given we paid around Â£4M for James four years ago from Leeds United, and since then he has played over 30 times for the England Under-21 side, and played over 100 times for Newcastle.
Keegan has already stated he wants to keep all his players and the 4-5 top players he wants to bring in are predicated on him not losing players.
Any player that he loses will need to be replaced.
Letâ€™s hope James Milner is going nowhere.
What do you think about this?
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