Liverpool May End Pursuit Of James Milner At £9M


The Liverpool papers are reporting today that Liverpool could end their pursuit of James Milner, if Newcastle United up their price to £9M, which was widely reported yesterday.

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James Milner – Newcastle raise price to £9M?

The 22-year-old midfielder has been a target for Liverpool for several weeks now, and only yesterday a player exchange deal involving their 21 year old midfielder Danny Guthrie was the news.

It seems like Newcastle like the 21 year-old Guthrie, who was on loan at Bolton last season, when he played 25 times for the Lancashire side, and became a crowd favorite.

From what we’ve been able to find out over the last day or so, he showed at Bolton he can play in the Premier League, and could be a good buy for the club, as one for the future. Danny has no chance of breaking into the Liverpool midfield.

But there are now suggestions that Kevin Keegan, who is due back from holiday in America, will push Milner’s valuation up as high as £9m, which will probably cool Benitez’s interest. Seems to us like Kevin also doesn’t particularly want to lose James.

The great Sir Bobby Robson was always fond of saying every single player has their price, and most Newcastle fans would think £9M would be a good deal for Milner, even if he is still young and will further improve. That’s good thinking by the club.

There were also some changes confirmed in the Newcastle boardroom yesterday, with chairman Chris Mort stepping down and Derek Llambias taking the new title of Managing Director.

As we mentioned yesterday, we think owner Mike Ashley may even take the position of Chairman at the club, but in any case is expected to be hands-on in the transfer market this summer, to ensure Kevin gets the players he wants and need. We are trying to get to 5th place next season, so we need to strengthen a lot over the summer.

Derek has been working closely with Chris Mort over the last 5 weeks or so, and we think once Kevin returns this week from holiday, we’ll see some real action in the transfer market, hopefully in bringing new players to the club.

Benitez is reported as not being willing to pay more than what he believes Milner is worth, which is £5m before midfielder Danny Guthrie is factored in. Fulham bid £3M for Guthrie in January so if Guthrie was factored in it looks like Newcastle would get no more than around £2M in cash.

But we wouldn’t be upset at all if James Milner is not transferred, since he’s the first one this summer who we seem to be willing to sell, but has played very well for the club over the last two seasons.

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33 comments so far

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    i wudnt mind if we kept him but if we got 9 mil i wud be happy. nd i also fink that guthrie isnt 2 bad of a player. Sidwell is goin 2 villa its on sky now

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  • toon_mad

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    i hope he doesnt leave, he can tear past players on the wing, has duff not left yet? he would be my next to go.

    We are looking for new youngsters for the future, but what about our current young’ns, jimmy milner has stacks of potential

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    I think if we get say 5-7m + Guthrie, thats a good deal. 🙂

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  • HeronMag

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Milner and Zog have been our most consistent players over the last 2-3 years. In the drab Souness/Allardyce period they were our only attacking force.

    I’d keep them both. KK could turn them into fantastic players!

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  • The Entertainers

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    I cant argue with your comments Ed.

    I have always said dont sell Milner, however 9m?

    I would sell to be honest, with that amount of money or even 6m with Gutrie, we would be able to purchase another quality winger. One who is prehaps further along the production line than Milner is at the moment.

    I cant see Pool stumping up that amount of cash. They dont seem to have an endless pot of gold like Chelski, with most of theirs going on Barry. Just wait until Villa get 15-20 m for Barry and then the circus will start again for Milner!

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    good, get it done allready and concentrate on some real deals.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    It just proves that Milner is a Quality, Talented player who has potential!!
    But if he does want to go to Liverpool to better his career then let him go!! no money and swap deals! just straight forward cash!!!!!

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    If Guthrie has no chance at Liverpool why should he get in at NUFC so easily. Shows how far we have fallen. If Milner goes at all we should just take cash, not have someone’s reject foisted upon us. They want rid for a reason!

    If Milner stays and KK keeps the same 4-3-3 formation going, Milner could take Geremi’s place on the right hand side of a midfield 3 and N’Zogbia could come in for Barton on the left.
    Possibly keep Shola while Viduka is out injured.
    Certainly scores more than Smith, but then who doesn’t!!

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  • tommyy

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    So when is KK back? i thought he got back yesterday?

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  • Julio Geordio

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #10

    We need to keep players like Milner, not sell them.

    Surely he comes under the new regimes’s ‘talented youngster’ buying policy anyway.

    Makes no sense at all to sell him. I think he was unlucky at the end of last season with his fitness. If it wasn’t for that, I believe he would have gotten the nod ahead of Geremi.

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  • sas

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Nick Dryden, are you drunk? Firstly, we wouldn’t get this Guthrie lad unless we wanted him. Remember when Gillespie came for Cole?

    Secondly, you’re advocating playing two wingers in a midfield 3, with 3 strikers on the pitch?

    Tommyy – sometime this week, the sooner the better

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  • Davies

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Aren’t we already getting a little threadbare?

    We already had a small squad, and when the players we don’t need/want are gone it will be even smaller. That makes it tough to get a full squad back in place, so why are we considering selling players that we value so highly (£9m, seriously?)

    I think the £9m price tag is not yet justified for Milner, so I can imagine it would be there to keep Liverpool and Villa away.

    HOWEVER!

    If the boy wants to go to Liverpool, there’s no point in making it difficult for him. I he doesn’t want to play for us, we are making a mistake by keeping him. He’s already shown that he can conduct himself in a professional manner after we messed him about when he was nearly sold to Villa. If we do it again, I think we might risk losing that professionalism from him.

    I’m not really sure what my point is here. I think I’m trying to say that I’d like him to stay. If we sell him,we’re going to need to buy another two players to replace him. The same goes for anyone we sell. We didn’t really have a big enough squad to let players go in the first place.

    Does anybody know what the hell I’m talking about?

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  • tommyy

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Davies – No, not really.

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  • Kash2

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    @Nick: Guthrie doesn’t get a game for Liverpool because he has the following players ahead of him:

    Gerrard
    Mascherano
    Alonso
    Benayoun
    Lucas
    Kuyt
    Aurelio
    Babel

    Each player is an international, while Guthrie is only 20.

    I reckon all of those players would get into our midfield. Don’t you?

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  • 9 Shearer

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Hi nick if we are 2 stick 2 4-3-3 we dont need minler or zog we need more defesive players in the midfield thats wht Geremi and Barton suit well

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  • tommyy

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Is Guthrie not 21? Anyhows i would rather keep milner, he has proved he can play for us and if we can get in some good players around him, i’m sure he will prove to be a good player. Not a world beater, but a solid and reliable player.

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #18

    To be fair we need to money for Arda/Andrei so sell him for 7million thats good enough and get Guthrie whos worth 2mill to match 9mill offer.

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  • tommyy

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #19

    I doubt we will stick to a 4-3-3, its to predictable. It worked well up till the end of the season but i reckon it was only a short term fix, i would be surprised if we continued to use it next season.

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  • Ericles

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #20

    I know what Davies is trying to say. We are in a catch 22 situation with Milner. If he wants to go we may be able to get a good price for him but are more depleted in numbers. If he wants to stay KK can improve him as a player. On either outcome we win and lose.If he goes we are smaller in squad but have more money and another squad addition in Guthrie. If he stays we do not get the money, do not get Guthrie, but still have a good player. We need cover for him too.If we sell him we need a replacement plus cover for the replacement. Milner should stay and help slow down the present merry-go-round. Keep your nose out of the Tyne Benitez! Essentially – does Milner want to play with passion in the black and white?

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  • tommyy

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #21

    ———–Given/Harper———
    -Beye–Faye-Cuellar-Enrique-
    -Milner——Digard——Arda-
    ————–Arshavin————-
    —–Martins————Owen—

    I think that this team could get us top 6 with a bit of luck and some fighting spirit.

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  • tommyy

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #22

    Looking at that team I would say that Milner is the weak link, and we could possibly play Arda on the right and Zog on the left. Although i would be willing to give Milner a chance in that team.

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  • Frankieboy

    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #23

    If Liverpool want milner then they will have to meet OUR valuation not theirs.
    £5M is an insult for Milner bearing in mind thats what we paid for him . He is a regular England U21, he has PL experience and he is still omly 22.
    However £9M would be good business. Anything less just hang on to him.

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  • Marat18

    Jun 18, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #24

    but how much we have to pay for Danny Guthrie?
    I heard that Bolton wanted to buy out him, but the price was too high. is it true?

    tommyy,
    i like your team, but KK playing 4-3-3 system, that is my dream-team:

    ———–Given/Harper———
    -Beye–Faye-Cuellar-Enrique-
    -Arshavin——Digard——Arda-
    —-–Martins—–———Owen—–
    —————-Gomez————–

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  • b

    Jun 18, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #25

    We should get rid for anything over 6mill. He is useless.Having said that who would want to come to us to replace him, bearing in mind no euro footy.

    Arda,Arshavin,Digard,Huddlestone are a pipe dream. Its not going to happen. I felt sidwell would have been a realistic target who might have wanted to come to us but wisey obviously didnt feel the same.

    We need to spend big or risk being left behind by the teams in midtable. Even sunderland are being linked with top players.

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  • Marat18

    Jun 18, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #26

    b
    what is it with you?

    first you say that Arda, Digard, Arshavin and Huddlestone are pipe dream and then tou say that we have to spend big and even mackems are linked with top-players.

    so do you want us at least being linked with top-players or not?

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  • Sav

    Jun 18, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Could Milner’s agent have prefaced new contract talks by claiming his man is worth 9 mil in today’s market?
    If so, he’s had his answer.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 18, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #28

    we shud not even consider selling anymore players until we have some players signed otherwise wer gonna hav a squaf of about 12 players nxt yr

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  • bailey

    Jun 18, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Hope he stays but the best thing coming out of this is at last NUFC asking market prices instead of giving players away.

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  • csm87

    Jun 18, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Benitez is a joker, he always overvalues when he is selling, and undervalues when buying, i mean, he’s trying to sell alonso to juve for £16 mil, and at the same time trying to buy barry for £15 mil! Guthrie was ok, but one for the future wont do atm, our midfield is terrible! I dont think we should sell for anything other that straight cash, which liverpool dont have!

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  • CRAIGG

    Jun 18, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #31

    I dont think Milner ever said he did want to go that was printed in that ever reliable cornerstone of british journalism the News of the world

    If people dont think Milner is good enough then their heading for a mighty fall with Guthrie, He makes the term average into an artform.

    KK will sort Jinky Jimmy and the Zog out mark my words it will be like our own Beckham and Giggs.

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jun 18, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Sas the way things are going I need to be drunk and besides I wouldn’t say Milner or Zog were out and out wingers

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  • clinta

    Jun 19, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #33

    Heron mag – spot on mate, the fact that he managed to play some decent football in those two eras of the club are proof he’s got talent,

    liverpool (definately a big club) being in for him also shows some of his doubters on this site a thing or 2 i think?

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