Chase Seems On For Milner


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.   😀

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91 comments so far

  • LUN@HONG KONG

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    MILNER YOU SUCK!

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  • nufc supporter

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    we SHOULDNT sell milner at all, alothugh 10-12mill is a VERY good offer for a player who is only 22 years old, i havnt made my mind up bout milner, but 10-12mill is a VERY good offer

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  • AdamCF

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    10mil for Jimmy.. sorry mate off you go. Can we throw in Smithy?

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  • Martin

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s a dodgy time just now, but then, as seems to be the case with Newcastle under Ashley – we take a big dip before getting a lift!

    I know we’ve been moving very slowly in the transfer window this year, but we also know that things CAN move quicker in the final few days of the window! It’s also very naive to suspect we haven’t spoken to other players or at least earmarked them IF this deal goes through…

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  • Tore Torell

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    10-12m?! Amazing bit of business, sell him asap! The club can buy 2 new players for that amount, Milner is not that good anyway.

    Great deal.

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  • broon ale

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6

    ed, i wouldnt say 12 million is that bad of a consequence.

    regardless of whether he handed in a transfer request i would like too see newcastle accept that sort of money for milner providing it was wisely invested in a better player.

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  • seetow

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    12mil quid, you must be having a laugh! we’ll be laughing all the way to the bank. no pace, no crossing ability, only hardworking. i would take 9mil for him, needless to say 12!

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  • kenny g

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    fuggin right, 12mil!!!!
    though the timing may be bad, a bidding war between everton and villa is likely to push every last penny we are likely to get from Jimmy

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  • antz1uk

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    i disagree with the way milner has gone about things but if we could just get rid of smith and ameobi i would give him a 10k rise, however, 12mil is top quality for an uncapped player

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  • andoni

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #10

    we have to improve milner’s contract. in this moment, he’s one of the best players for newcastle.

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  • liam

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    I do wonder what ashley’s intentions are, after all he has sat with most toon fans last season so must know how we feel and what type of players we want to see at the club, so with this in mind is he really going to let one of our better players leave with no intentions of replacing him?? or even worse bring no one in at all?? Im not sure I hope he’s just making us sweat!! and hopefullly the next few days see us bring in a few quality players so we all wonder why we were so worried.

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  • The Entertainers

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    I really rate Milner and would be happy to keep the lad, but 12 million!

    My head would be turned…

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  • broon ale

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    if we got that sort of money we would have to reinvest in a suitable replacement. i would hate to have to rely on geremi. pretty much everything he tried against coventry he cocked up.

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  • BenjiToon

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #14

    £12m? Really? It would be good business wouldn’t it?

    We all agree the timing os wrong. James is as much to blame for this as the club. I stand by the view that a player who tries to force a pay hike by threatening to leave is out of order. At the same time any one who boos him, should be play Saturday, is equally wrong.

    Worst case scenario: Milner leaves last minutes Monday and we sign no new players. We still have a £10m+ in the bank, a squad stronger in a number of areas than last year and can buy in January. But, of course, lack James tenacity and running down the right.

    Best case scenario: we sell James for £12m asap and buy 1, 2 or 3 new players who add quality and depth to the squad. I cant believe we haven’t got at least 1 in the pipeline somewhere!

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  • nr

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    All that money for lots of step-overs, plenty of running and a good bleep test score! We should snap £10million up asap, he does not score enough or get enough assists. Bad timing though and the board-room is a shambles. Can see KK walking.

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  • broon ale

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #16

    i wonder if sunderland would be interested in alan smith.

    or am i write in saying that keane whilst at man united questioned the standard of smith saying something along the lines of “the new players need to have more balls if they want to play in this team”

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  • Milner

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #17

    Sell him for 12million? Good business but the money will just go to Mike pocket. Be realistic folks, he just want to earn money out of us. An investment which will reap him profits in long run.

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  • andoni

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #18

    milner knows that he’s one of the most valuable player at newcastle. i don’t know why he wants to go out…

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  • Matt

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Ok 12m might be a good deal but with 3 days to go who on earth can you replace him with for cheaper and who would you buy with the excess? There’s not many central mids or right wingers for cheaper who are of a good standard.

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  • Dublin Toon

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #20

    12m is indeed a great price for a player that I think often flatters to deceive. I am not for one second trying to imply that I think Milner is a bad player, he just isn’t a 12m player (yet). The main concern is the timing of this. Why did James wait until so late to hand in a request, has someone been secretly courting him and forced his hand? Who can we get in to replace him, is Jonas already here for that with Geremi as cover? Yet again the circus that is NUFC continues, and I for one absolutely love it – there is never a dull moment!

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  • ToonEskimo

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #21

    SOLD! (SMACKS HAMMER ON TABLE)

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  • broon ale

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #22

    BenjiToon- for me the worst case scenario would be milner leaves, we dont sign anyone and we have to rely on geremi. we have 12 million quid banked and for the third season in a row we spend zilch in the january transfer window

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  • BenjiToon

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #23

    Oh yeah, and its Friday. We always seem to announce our business on a Friday…

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  • simon

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #24

    geremi is rubbish, end of story.

    12 million is good business though i want him to stay and still have 2 players added to the squad.

    As said before, I hope ashley gives us a couple of suprises or it could be another long hard season.

    Also, Ipswich have sold alan lee, so could the ameobi deal be back on?

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  • AdamCF

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #25

    If only we were Ebbsfleet United.. we could decide this outcome 🙂

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  • sweendog

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #26

    12 mill and arda in .. its a definate .. talk about good business on Wise etcs part .. Keegan wanted Arda and we’re gonna get him for Milner .. I’d have snapped there hands off 2 months ago if this was planned ..

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  • dick

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #27

    we are in a panic buy situation already, dont forget we wont get 10 million for milner, we have to give leeds their cut, we might end up with 7 or8 million if we are lucky, still that could be enough to buy a couple of players even if ashley still does’nt what to spend any money, we will certainly need them.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #28

    I think £12 million is a good deal – I don’t want him to go but as I have said before on previuos posts – I am convinced we have someone waiting in the wings to replace the lad. Lets not judge until Tuesday Keep the faith 🙂

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  • BenjiToon

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #29

    Broon Ale – well, that’s always possible I guess. But of that’s the case then when our three stikers all fit (October it seems) KK will change the formation to 4-3-3 again. Then you’ll have a choice of Jonas, Butt, Guthrie, Zog and Geremi (and at some point Fists of Fury aka Barton) for the midfield 3. Unless Zog goes to LB again.

    Either way there’s at least 5 who could do a decent job in the formation. Miss Milner less then I think…

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  • Ericles

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #30

    Everton are also interested in Milner? Apparently the Toffees were also sniffing around Smith. OK Everton – you can have Milner if you take Smith too. We should take on board the mooted offer of the Norwegian Skeljbred . He’s worth getting, he only lives across the road (well the North Sea) and he’s a good young prospect. Watch this space – or the space Milner intends to create.

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  • neeraj

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #31

    better get a replacement for milner

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  • SwedEric

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #32

    Well… Everyone has all preseason said they would take 9M pound directly, and now we are offered 12? Well, he isn´t worth that in a long way!

    OK, I would love to have him here. But he´s not worth more than he earns atm, and we have Duff, Zog and Gutierrez at the club already, who all are as good, if not better.

    10M or more and I wouldn´t even think about it, especialy when it is he who wants to leave!

    But then again, cant under stand why he would like to leave everything in Newcastle to play for Villa or Everton. OK, they have Europe this year, but leave all his friends, a bigger club and everyone he knows… Just so he might get a little better paycheck? If he works hard and keeps his head down, he will get a new contract in 2-3 seasons here that will be bigger!

    Sell him! Will always respect the guy, but not worth 12M, wouldn´t like if we bought him for over 6M!

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  • BenjiToon

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #33

    Sweendog – you’ve been banging on about Arda as if its a done deal for ages. How do you know?

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  • StevieA

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #34

    I will say again that I don’t rate Milner at all. Yes he’s energetic, good at running at people and occasionally crosses/shoots well but he is not consistent enough.

    When you look at the wingers we have had in the past such as Ginola, Gillespie, Robert, Solano then Milner pales in comparison when it comes to making an impact – goals and assists.

    Maybe Mike Ashleigh sees this as an opportunity to improve the squad? We have Duff, Guttirrez and N’Zogbia as it is.

    I think a lot of fans have a nostalgic feeling when it comes to Milner but if you look at his record it’s less than impressive.

    We need real impact players if we are to get back into europe and Milner is someone we don’t need in my view.

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  • Simen

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #35

    Haha! 12 mil! He’s probably worth half of that! Agree with you seetow. Yea, Milner is hard working, but don’t think he has any crossing ability or pace. He to often runs with the ball down the right with no clue what to do. Sell him asap! There are much much better wingers around, the only problem is the time left of the window, that makes me a bit concerned:(

    And of course, really hope Keegan is ok with this. He’s probably not cos of the squad size.

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  • Gritish Films

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #36

    Yeah let’s hope a bidding war steps up, Maybe Liverpool will come in with £10 mill & a year long loan of Argie number 3 the LB. Glad that SWP has gone back to the largest council house in Europe…did’nt want him at the Toon. Im sure the Wise,Jimenez combo will dig us something up…just as long as its not Beckham on loan…All up for JK Huntelaar tho if you’re reading this MA.

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  • Fandi

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #38

    If we are getting 12m for Milner, please do use the money to land Arshavin as a replacement (+ another 8m). Arshavin, Coloccini and Owen can form the core of a team that would be competing in the top 6 positions for the next 4 seasons.

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  • BILL

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #39

    We are back a few years ago when we sold Andy Cole GOOD BIZ at the time KK went on and bought only best striker any one could see SirAlan
    come on KK !!!!! Lets hope

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 29, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #40

    As I said yesterday, I don’t want to lose Milner.

    However, 12m pounds is quite a lot of money, so if he wants to go, then sell him for 12m.

    What I don’t get is why we didn’t bid for SWP then..

    If we sell Milner, I suppose squad will be:

    GK: Given, Harps, Krul, Forster

    RB: Beye
    LB: Enrique
    CB: Coloccini, Taylor, Bassong, Cacapa, Edgar

    LM: N’Zogbia, Duff
    RM: Gutierrez, Geremi
    CM: Butt, Guthrie, (Barton)

    ST: Owen, Oba, Viduka, Smith, Ameobi, Carroll

    I think it becomes clear that we need at least:

    CM
    LB

    A back-up RB and another striker (cuz oursare always injured!) would be good too. I also wouldn’t mind cover for Gutierrez on the RM but I suppose Geremi can be back-up for now..

    Strongest team with (injury-free) current squad if Milner goes…

    ………………………Given……………………….

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

    ………………Guthrie………..Butt………………..
    Jonas………………………………………N’Zogbia

    …………………Oba…….Owen…………………….

    Harper, Viduka, Geremi and Bassong providing the backup for the different areas of the park.

    This is not TOO shabby but SUCH a thin squad and a few injuries would be hugely problematic.

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