The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that progress on a deal to take James Milner to Liverpool has been proceeding.
James Milner – congratulating Oba – on his way to Liverpool?
While Newcastle will not do any big deals until Kevin returns this week from his NY vacation, the Journal is reporting that progress is expected on the deal that could lead to James Milnerâ€™s departure from St. James’ Park.
Aston Villa and Liverpool are rivals for the wingerâ€™s signature, and news today that Liverpool midfielder Danny Guthrie has been telling friends he expects to join Newcastle United shortly, has led to increased speculation that he is being used in part exchange – plus cash – for James Milner.
But Liverpool will face strong competition from Aston Villa and manager Martin Oâ€™Neill, who has been trying to get James to Villa for the last couple of years.
In our poll on whether Newcastle should sell Milner, 69% say no, with over 700 votes cast so far, so most fans want James to stay at Newcastle. You can still vote in this poll, if you haven’t already done so.
And in today’s Daily Mirror, they are saying that Newcastle now want Â£9M cash for James. If we are going to let one of our best young players go, we need to ensure we get the value for him.
Danny Guthrie – Liverpool 21 year-old central midfielder
Danny Guthrie is a central midfielder, who stands 5’9″ tall, and turned just 21 last April, so he’s around 16 months younger than Milner.
He played 25 times for Bolton last season and he will be one for the future, if we sign him.
He was born in Shrewsbury and grew up in Telford, and signed for Liverpool as a 15 year-old in 2002, after being released by Manchester United following a couple of seasons with them.
Danny was also on loan to Southampton earlier last year, and played 10 times for the south coast club.
Guthrie started his first match for Liverpool in the European Champions League against Galatasaray away, on 5th December 2006, which Liverpool lost 3-1.
His most recent appearance for Liverpool came in the 2-1 defeat at St James’ Park against Newcastle last year, on Saturday 10th February 2007.
He has played a total of 3 times for Liverpool.