Martin O’Neil is reported ready to increase his previous £10M bid for James Milner after Everton bid £10M themselves for Milner’s services yesterday.
James Milner – on his way?
Reports say that Villa are ready to offer £12M for James, and that’s a lot more than Martin O’Neil had to pay a couple of years ago, when he thought he had tied the youngster up for just £4M, only for Newcastle to pull the plug at the last possible moment.
And £12M will no doubt be too much for the Tyneside club to turn down, because that’s good business for James.
There’s a saying what goes around comes around, and maybe that terrible treatment of young Milner by the Newcastle club two years ago, when James was only 20 years old, has finally had its consequences.
No doubt Newcastle will get a very good deal for Milner, and if that’s what the hierarchy wants, then so be it.
But there can be little time to bring in new players with that money before Monday at midnight, and we cannot help but think that Kevin Keegan has to be furious behind the scenes with all of this.
He cannot be happy that Newcastle are willing to sell one of his best players, and he cannot be happy that James himself would walk out on his manager, seemingly just for more money.
We are not happy with all of this, and if this happened 6 weeks ago, it wouldn’t have been too bad, because at least for £12M we could have brought in a couple of very good players.
But this gives Kevin very little maneuvering time in the transfer window, and we will be very sorry to see James leave the club at this time.
If this happens we have to be doubtful, for once, on Mike Ashley’s aims for the club, because it seems that we may have become a selling club again. It’s also likely we will have brought in more money this summer than paid out – so news we were willing to spend £20M net in the transfer window, a few months ago, doesn’t seem like it will happen.
And that amount was met with more than a little derision by the fans at the time.
Aston Villa also advanced into the UEFA Cup first round proper last night, as they drew 1-1 with FH Hafnarfjordur, and go through on a 5-2 aggregate.
That means both Everton and Aston Villa can offer James European Football this season, which Newcastle cannot.
Whatever happens, we’ll have to back Kevin and the team all the way, whoever is finally left in the squad next Monday, and it will be very interesting today at the press conference for tomorrow’s game at Arsenal, exactly what Kevin will divulge.
If Milner is not in the squad that’s a very bad sign for those of us who are still hoping to keep him, although they could include him in the squad and leave him out of the final 18 players too.
It’s hard to believe all this is happening, when we should be concentrating on bringing in new players to the club, in this the last 3 days of the transfer window.
But we all know that being a fan of Newcastle United has never been easy – and so it remains.
We’ll just have to hope for some nice surprises in the next 3 days – it could still happen we capture some very good players, but it’s going to be very late, an we’ll probably have to be as lucky as Coventry were on Tuesday night. 😀