There is news on many sites today, that if Aston Villa do get the Â£18M they want from Liverpool, for Gareth Barry, they will go after Newcastle’s James Milner.
James Milner – still a target for Aston Villa
We don’t know if Aston Villa will get the Â£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 Â£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 Â£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 Â£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.