Newcastle May Let Milner Go – But At A Price


There is news on many sites today, that if Aston Villa do get the £18M they want from Liverpool, for Gareth Barry, they will go after Newcastle’s James Milner.

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James Milner – still a target for Aston Villa

We don’t know if Aston Villa will get the £18M they want for Barry, but now that the player has said he wants to join Liverpool, that puts Villa in a weaker negotiating position.

They will know they will now need to sell, but of course will try to get the very highest amount from Liverpool, but we think this deal is almost a certainty to happen now.

Liverpool manager, Rafa Benitez, has already had a £15M bid for Barry rejected, and he is expected to increase that offer, so that it’s acceptable to Martin O’Neill.

Barry and Gerrard in central midfield should be just great for the Reds, as it has been for England, when the two have played together – they certainly seem to complement each other extremely well.

High on O’Neill’s wanted list is still England Under-21 international James Milner, who played for O’Neill for a full season at Villa from 2005-2006, and we think if O’Neill gives Newcastle an offer close to £9M, they’ll take it.

But whether Villa will offer that much is very questionable, although as Bobby Robson always said, every player has a price, and it looks like Milner’s price is £9M.

Liverpool are also after Milner, but we’re not sure if they are still interested, since they wanted a player exchange for James.

Newcastle seemed less than impressed with the players Liverpool offered to Newcastle for Milner.

But Newcastle’s official position is that Milner is not for sale, and Milner will no doubt be keen to know exactly where he fits into manager Kevin Keegan’s new plans for Newcastle.

Surprisingly, his agent is said to be wanting an improved contract for the Leeds-born player, but it’s hard to believe Newcastle will do that, since it was less than a year since his current deal was negotiated.

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59 comments so far

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Knew this was coming and it will gain momentum when Barry does go!

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  • 51times

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #2

    If he does go, expect all those boring Brummy inbreds to come and give us sh*t about it.

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  • HeronMag

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t want him to leave, but if the right bid comes in (for me £10m+) we could let him go and reinvest in a more natural winger.

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  • Hadji

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    51 times….If they give us 9 mill for Milner they can come here anytime to cry about Barry.

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  • Hadrian

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #5

    and do what with the the cash ?

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  • Spyro

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #6

    the fact that liverpool are selling xabi alonso and getting barry shows how stupid rafa is

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  • mozza

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #7

    we were at least 5 players short of a decent squad last season players have been shipped out allready selling oba or millner doesn’t make any sense at all unless you have ready made replacements who are better than them ready to sign the dotted lign now and if players do want to leave it’s a sign they think the club is heading no where, but once again this is yet more speculation and as entertainers said this one will gain momentum

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  • Spyro

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Barry is worth maximum 10 million, another overpriced & overrated englishman

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  • Yorkie Dave

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #9

    we will let him go at our peril!!!! he will turn out to be a great and we will have lost a great survant to our club!!!!

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #10

    i dont think he is what we need so i would sell him at 8/10 mill would be great hopefully we can get another winger with the cash or put N Zogbia over at right so its like when Silva for Spain went to the right he can cut in on his left foot.

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  • Yorkie Dave

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Barry aint worth a pot to p**s in!!!

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  • micepie

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s often very pompous and annoying of other clubs when they value their players at high rates and low at ours. For example, Villa want 18M for Barry – who would probably have been valued at 6M just over a year ago – though I bet they’re not planning on paying 9M for Milner. Similarly, Arsenal are loathe to accept 25M for Adeboyor but “won’r pay 15M for Martins” (personally I don’t think we should sell Martins even at that price, anyway). Okay, Adebeyor is a better striker but even so.
    And then there are a lot of other examples.

    One player I think we should try for is SWP, and possibly Bullard. After a couple of experienced Prem players I’d be happy if we only sign players 18-21 like Evans and Derdiyok.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #13

    agree micepie…not about the bullard bit though, hate him

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  • DURhamTOON

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Lads no one has mentioned Chamakh in a few weeks why has everything gone quiet on him am not reely bothered about him like its just a couple of weeks ago someone said he would be revealed the mora mabey with some others???? Tell me if i’ve missed something please…

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  • Dave

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Spyro, how can you hate Jimmy Bullard?!!

    Absolutely quality, in both humour and football!

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  • James

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #16

    No to Evans – another trouble maker, was sent out on loan by Man Utd because he raped some girl at the Christmas do. Police couldn’t press charges further because the evidence had been messed with (whatever that means).

    Milner can go at any price. Publicily stated he’d rather play for Liverpool than us. So see ya Milner.

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  • catawbamag

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Milner has been jacked around by the club more than any player currently on the team. If they get 9 mil for him, which I doubt, fine. But who are they going to bring in? Some 20 year old bargain with potential? Great, just super.

    The new board is in limbo right now concerning the transfer market. The inexperience is showing. How about a bit more focus on putting proven quality on the pitch, and a little less on good business.

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  • John

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #18

    9 mill…Yes please..I’ll drive him there myself if we get that…..

    Milner is over rated..Ya i know he’s young but i would say he is no better than Larsson..Sell Milner for 9 mill and buy Larsson for 4 mill…Brillant business

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  • ROBULON

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #19

    looks like Bartons pleaded guilty after all

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/7481822.stm

    obviously worried about the slating he was about to get from his old team ‘mates’

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  • bettyswollocks

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #20

    barton has changed his plea to guilty so I guess we should all know the outcome of that pretty soon.

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  • scottish mag

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #21

    barton has just pleaded guilty for attack on dabo

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  • The Entertainers

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Interesting interview from Fergie today.

    Firstly he stated that due to the Euros the transfer market has been very slow for most teams. Lets face it most teams have not signed anyone as yet, including us.

    Then he was asked about Ronaldo and he declined to comment. Hang on is that what we are doing about Martins and Milner.

    Theres nothing special or underhand about Newcastles approach lately, even Fergies taken a leaf out of our book!

    Its better than acting like Beneitz and ONiell have been in the press

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  • catawbamag

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Sounds like Joey copped a plea.

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  • Leo

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #24

    milner didnt publicy say that he wanted to play for liverpool?

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  • The Entertainers

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #25

    BARTON PLEADS GUILTY……BBC

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Wow, guilty plea, wonder if SJP knew this before hand!

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  • The Entertainers

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #27

    That now must mean most of next season will be written off for him.

    Does this leave the club with only one real option?

    We really are looking short in midfield all of a sudden!

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  • toooooon fan

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #28

    hello to everyone
    i think milner is a great player and should stay at the club
    i think we should buy
    larsson
    cueller
    lennon
    bridge
    derdiyok

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  • The Entertainers

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #29

    I wonder if his legal team agreed to lower the assault charge in return for a guilty plea?

    Be interesting to see what kind of sentance he gets.

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  • scottish mag

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #30

    i was just told that the reason that wise and jimenez are in dubia is to talk to PABLO AIMAR AND HIS AGENT about transfer to NUFC

    although the guy that told me does wind me up sometimes, he did tell me about spear 2 days b4 all the websites reported it and last year told me about enrique b4 any of us knew it off the villareal website so he might be telling the truth this time, i hope he is aimar woud be a quality signing.

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  • chuck

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Just where does Milner fit in to the side ?
    Is he a winger ? No!
    Cant cross, not a lot of pace.
    Defensive midfielder ? no!
    Playmaker, dont think so !
    Look he`s not a bad player, but where do you put him, sort of like Smith only better.
    I think if the club can get £8+ , go for it and buy a real winger, maybe SWP, but not Lennon
    please!

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  • scottish mag

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #32

    ” Joey Barton of Newcastle United Football Club has been found guilty of assualt on former Manchester City teamate Ousmane Dabo and has been sentenced to life in Sunderland”

    well personally i think that sentence is a bit harsh, don’t you

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #33

    what kind of an idiot pays anything over £8mil for Barry!

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  • Hadji

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Hadrian….Many things man,for 10 mill we could get Matias Fernandez from Villareal who in my view is one of the most underrated players.He could be our Cristiano Ronaldo if given a proper chance.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Buy Roberto Hilbert to replace Milner.

    Full german international and miles better than Milner. Hilbert scores goals and can cross.

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  • Gooderz

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Well that’s better then the Daily Mail’s interpretation of Jimenez’ Dubai trip. They believe he’s there to try and sell the club (or at least part of it) to potential investors on the basis ‘there aren’t any good players in the United Arab Emirates’. That’s despite the fact many footballers often go to Dubai at some point, either on holiday, training camps or to be conned by a fake Sheikh.

    Now I wonder if Barton’s contract actually has a clause in it in regards this verdict. We’ll find out soon enough but I doubt it.

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  • micepie

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #38

    I do like the way the club is run now, though the painful slowness of everything should hopefully be relieved soon. There are only so many articles you can read on Geremi praising KK’s appointment, Beye being a star buy etc. I think we definitely should solidify the togetherness and feel-goodness of those 7 or 8 games late in the season last year but we all want to see more added to those foundations now. Barton is in his 2nd court case, so we should know one way or another whether we’ll sack or keep him, then we should also hear about renewed contracts for Taylor, Owen et al. And it’s the first day of Christmas tomorrow isn’t it?!!

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  • chuck

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Milner, he`s a decent player, problem is where does he fit in to the side?
    He is no winger, or for that matter either a defensive midfielder or playmaker,certainly better than Smith, but somewhat similar.
    Maybe as a super sub a`laJohn O`Shea.
    But realisticly if an offer of £8+ comes in,grab it and buy a real winger, SWP perhaps, but certainly not Lennon, Please !

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  • Whitey

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Latest News: Barton pleads guilty to assulting Dabo

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