The Liverpool papers are reporting today that Liverpool could end their pursuit of James Milner, if Newcastle United up their price to Â£9M, which was widely reported yesterday.
James Milner – Newcastle raise price to Â£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 Milnerâ€™s valuation up as high as Â£9m, which will probably cool Benitezâ€™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 Â£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 Â£5m before midfielder Danny Guthrie is factored in. Fulham bid Â£3M for Guthrie in January so if Guthrie was factored in it looks like Newcastle would get no more than around Â£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.