Manchester City and Aston Villa are reported to be very close to agreeing a £28M deal for England and former Newcastle United midfielder James Milner.
James Milner – while at Newcastle for four years
The news today is that the 24-year-old Leeds-born player is expected to agree a five year deal at Manchester City, which is said to be worth around £80K a week.
Newcastle bought James from Leeds United, when he was just 18 years old during Bobby Robson’s wonderful days at Newcastle, back in the summer of 2004 – the initial fee for James being around £3.6M.
Newcastle made Milner into a Premier-class player and he was one of Kevin Keegan’s favorites back in 2008, as Kevin could always spot a top player in the making.
But then Aston Villa came along in August of 2008, and when they offered what seemed at the time to be a ridiculous fee of £12M for the lad, Newcastle took it, even though it was dead against Keegan’s wishes.
But now 22 months later the lad is worth £28M in the transfer market – at least to Manchester City – and because Newcastle will get no sell-on money we will get nothing from this transfer even though Villa will make a £16M profit on James in less than two years.
That’s almost criminal neglect by whoever arranged James Milner’s transfer for Newcastle – we think it was Dennis Wise.
So there could be some re-evaluation as to whether £12M was in fact5 a good deal for Newcastle, less than two years ago for the now full England International player.
We are bringing this up because we are a a little concerned that if big money offers came in right now for Andy Carroll, Steven Taylor and some of our other top youngsters – we’d take the money and run.
But the truth is the longer we can keep these lads at Newcastle, it’s not only good for the playing side of things at the club, but their transfer values will also keep increasing, as we have seen with James. who was always a great lad when at the Magpies.
We think Newcastle now have some top-class youngsters on Tyneside, and they will be worth big money in a few years time, and it may be that the club will need to sell one or two of them, to help balance the books.
But it seems to us that if the burgeoning Newcastle Youth policy continues to be successful, we have to believe Newcastle will be well off – not only on the field of play – but also on the financial side of things.
Newcastle should take the James Milner episode as an example of what can happen if the club let Carroll or Steven Taylor leave Tyneside prematurely, or even young 17 year-old Slovenian midfielder Haris Vuckic, who is also attracting attention.
We really want these players playing at Newcastle and maybe it doesn’t take big transfer players coming into Newcastle, for the famous Tyneside club to become a successful side in the future.
What a great thought that is!
Howay The Lads!!