News today in the Daily Mirror that says Liverpool have won the race to sign Newcastle United winger James Milner.
James Milner – is he even for sale?
We didn’t even think James was for sale, and when he was interviewed last week, all he talked about was next season at Newcastle, and how he was looking forward to it.
But there has been consistent reports in the press that if a club bids Â£7M for Milner, the Newcastle club will consider letting him move on.
We don’t want to lose some of our best players, and we think James, at just 22, could have a great future at Newcastle.
Unless Kevin has pinpointed James, as one player he would be willing to let leave the club, it’s mysterious that these stories on James leaving the club, keep appearing.
The news is that Liverpool Manager Benitez and Anfield chief executive Rick Parry have made contact with Newcastle and offered Jermaine Pennant in part-exchange for Milner.
The clubs are now said to be negotiating how much cash Liverpool must also pay for the Â£7M-rated Milner, who signed a new four-year contract with the Tyneside club last August.
Pennant, 25, is now surplus to requirements on Merseyside, after failing to make an impact after a Â£6.7M move from Birmingham in the summer of 2006.
There was even news yesterday that Kevin Keegan wanted to ensure James Milner got a new contract before the start of the season, so it’s hard to know if there is any truth in these rumors.
But one thing that is surprising Newcastle fans, is the number of players leaving the club this summer, with Shay Given now reported to be potentially leaving for Arsenal in a proposed Â£5M deal.
We hardly think these moves of some of our good players will be well received by Newcastle’s huge fan base.
It does mean the club will need to bring in quite a few players in the summer, with so many departures taking place.
Let us know what you think of this.