Milner Quickly Signs For Villa


England Under-21 international James Milner today left Newcastle United, the club he has been with for four years, after manager Bobby Robson bought him from Leeds United for £4M.

Kevin Keegan – cannot be happy at the events of last two days

Milner passed a medical at Aston Villa this morning, and has signed for the Midlands club for a reported £9M transfer fee.

He becomes Aston Villa’s eight summer signing, as he completes his switch to the Midlands club just two days after his transfer request of last Wednesday (20th Aug) was revealed by the Tyneside club.

You have to believe something was already in the works when Milner made his transfer request 9 days ago, and presumably Newcastle refused to increase his wages, at their reported meeting on Wednesday.

Keegan had made it very clear that he didn’t even want to talk about losing Milner, yet that’s what’s happened.  Who’s in control of players at Newcastle?

It’s hard to think that Ashley can now hold Keegan responsible for the playing side if he doesn’t allow Kevin control of who comes and goes at the club.

Wages was reported to have been Milner’s chief grievance at Newcastle, even though he just signed an improved contract last summer for four years.

Milner spent the 2005-06 season on loan at Aston Villa, and had a good season, scoring three goals in 33 League and cup appearances. He has signed a four year deal, but contracts hardly seem to mean anything these days.

The 22-year-old passed a medical Bodymoor Heath this morning.

So he’s gone, and it must worry fans that Newcastle are willing to let some of their best players go, against their manager’s wishes, if they can get a decent price for them – shades of what we did back in the 1980s – and that is not good.

Mike Ashley and Dennis Wise now have until Monday at midnight to show Newcastle fans their priorities are in the right place, that they will support manager Kevin Keegan, and sign at least four good players by then.

We’ll be waiting.

If they can do that, it will go a long way to calming Newcastle fans, 67% of whom wanted Newcastle to give the lad an increased wage, in our recent poll, to keep him at the club.

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250 comments so far

  • liquid ice

    Aug 29, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #1

    GREAT NEWS GET INN!!!!!

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  • Roby

    Aug 29, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #2

    We are DOOMED !!!

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  • DaveG

    Aug 29, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #3

    For someone of Milner’s talents that’s a great bit of business from a financial aspect.

    Now let’s just hope we see the REQUIRED incomings to make his sale the non-event I believe it should be viewed as.

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  • Dondatta13

    Aug 29, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #4

    This just makes a joke of our transfer policy of signing young talent…

    Wonder how bad KK feels right about now, as bad as me?

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  • Ian

    Aug 29, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #5

    They must be very confident that they will land their targets, that is alot of players out.

    Wished there was a striker and two midfielders in for medicals today.

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  • 51times

    Aug 29, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Holy Shit @ the amount of typos…a bit upset about Milner leaving Ed?

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  • HeronMag

    Aug 29, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #7

    NEXT!

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 29, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #8

    I think they have one or two big names lined up that they will announce over the weekend. I hope I am not just being an optimist, but I just have a gut feeling that that’s been Ashley’s plan all along, to give us a big boost in the end. Let’s see.

    Huntelaar and Moutinho?

    No, I know, completely unrealistic, but I would love it if it were so.

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  • cc

    Aug 29, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #9

    we have to sign some players now. we have had all summer to buy yet we have not.MA im totally unsure of his intentions.

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  • Tjodalf

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #10

    If we can sign Per Ciljan Skjelbred from Rosenborg and Arshavin/Veloso/Xavi/Joaquin/Simao/Diego as well as Derdiyok we should be alright even though we lose Milner.

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  • Ginkoh

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Milner leave is not worry than we don’t sign any players. Go on !! If we cannot sign anybody, It’s mean We’re in crisis for sure 🙁

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  • matthewjai

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #12

    f**k u mike !
    who ever u are signing u still shouldn’t hv let milner go
    u idiot

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  • liquid ice

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #13

    ssn say they will here from martin oniel plus KK i wonder what KK has to say!!!

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  • how much did he leave for?

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  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Just seen on the internet that Owen has been offered a 1 year extension with a pay cut of £30k a week, so that’s Owen gone as well.

    WE ARE A JOKE after 53 years of supporting them I don’t think I’ve ever been so depressed about the Toon.

    Ashle either get off your arse & spend some money quickly or p*ss off & sell the club to someone who will spend & take your cronies with you.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #16

    ……………………..Given……………………….

    Beye…….Taylor…….Coloccini….Enrique

    …………………………Butt………………………..
    ……………Geremi…………..Guthrie…………..

    Jonas……………………………………..N’Zogbia
    ……………………..Owen…………………………..

    Bring on Arsenal!!

    (ps. yikes)

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  • Ian

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Agreed dondatta13, cheap purchasing and youth policy has all gone peared shape.

    Smith and Barton in for over £50k per week, Milner out on £35K per week.

    Start talking about money and the players start thinking about it, the cheap ones all want pay rises, the expensive ones are still here!!

    We can only presume they have excellent players in the bag providing they pay them enough to move.

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  • Irish John

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Lads calm down, Milner is average..Hes not as good as people think he is…

    2 assist last season says it all…He Scores once in a blue moon..He only works hard…Thats it..If we got 9 mill for that its an amazing deal…

    Im well happy, now Zog can have hes left back possition back

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  • Mag of the South

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Not too worried – i’m sure they must be confident of bringing in the replacement(s) or they wouldn’t have let him go.

    Would they?

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  • Ganiyu

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #20

    He is now a mackem. wats a mackem?im an african toon.some1 help of join d club

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  • matthewjai

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #21

    ashely is just a joke
    don’t know wth he is doing here

    why should we let the best player on the field to leave?

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  • cc

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #22

    yeh but hu can we sign in 3 days?

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  • Tom

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Only problem with that Danish is, what would our bench be!? Lol. Other than Harper and Bassong, who are the senior players? Lol.

    Milner leaving is not a problem PROVIDED we sign more players!!

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  • seetow

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #24

    EXCELLENT NEWS!

    next please. some of you around here think he’s the future of england football.. but there is a reason why he has amassed so many caps for u21s, because he can’t cut it at the top level! no pace, no crossing ability, i’m glad we got 10mil for him.

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  • aron

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #25

    i’m very pleased to get him, although i think its too much but its the way football is. I’m also pleased that your initial reaction to milner leaving was disappointment. With only 4 days left we had no choice but to pay silly money. Unfortunatley for you that problem is now yours and you’ll have to pay through the nose a replacement. good luck anyhow

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  • Dan Bell

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #26

    What a joke. Its now obvious that Mr Ashley has no intention of spending any money. We’ll probably sell Owen before monday and keep all the crap like Smith and Duff.

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  • 51times

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #27

    We’re being made fools of, we should have had his replacement lined up to sign on the same day. I’m starting to get pretty fed up of Ashley not f* giving up his money.

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  • Irish John

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #28

    im mean Left wing ..

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  • matthewjai

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #29

    why keep on saying milner is average??i know his cross is shite..but he can get pass man !
    i’d think that if this average player didn’t play for us on tue then we r out of the cup already

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  • Timmers

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m still holding out hope till the deadline, i know it looks bad but if mike ashley was in it for the money then why clear the majority of our debt, sell our best players risk getting relegated with a small squad then trying to sell the club for a fraction of the price he paid for it? I’m hoping 3 more quallity players who want to play their hobby for a weekly wage of what i make in a year on overtime!!! Rather than moan about not being nr london or on an “unliveable wage” of a mere 20k a week. Rant over, heres hoping.

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  • Ross

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #31

    jesus christ he isnt the best player on the field.
    look im not exactly happy he’s gone but at the end of the day if the fee is in double figures we’re laughing all the way to the bank.
    owen will not be offered a years extension at 85 grand, ashley has more sense than that. For me, if owen goes, keegan goes, and that spells disaster. owen will sign a new contract, a decent length too

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Bench:
    Harper
    Bassong
    Donaldson

    😉

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  • ELFER

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #33

    matthewjai milner was far away to be our best player! Glad he has gone…we have far better wingers!

    I’m sure we will bring in the two quality players we need and then we are absolutely fine!!!

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  • shearer9

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Ageordiedoonsooth-your not the only one mate, can’t believe whats hoing on here. my god what a joke, milner gone owen offered a pay cut. is ashley a mackem in disguise or what???? this completely contradicts what we’ve been trying to do all summer. bye bye milner and bye bye owen. thanks a lot ashley u toser

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  • Irish John

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #35

    hope your rigt Ross…

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  • Dondatta13

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #36

    Ian, mate its the dead wood still at the club that makes this transfer even worse than what it is.

    Smith and Ameobi should have been the first ones out of the door. Yet they are still picking up their wages and we sell a work horse like Milner? That sucks, and its sending out the wrong vibes to me and im sure the majority connected to the club.

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  • Craig

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #37

    anyone else wonder how it takes 2 days to seell a player but a month to buy one?
    Were a joke theres too many people involved in the running of our club!

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  • matthewjai

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #38

    ross

    he’s not the best player on the field then who?
    after the match on tue i couldn’t find another one
    okay his cross is not good but his ball control and technique is excellent
    his shoting was one of the best in the midfield too

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  • Ganiyu

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Great sale.im satisfied wit d sale next owen

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  • trojan

    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Everton have pulled off the shock signing of Louis Saha from Manchester United.

    looks like smith is staying put . . . . . . .

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