O'Leary Transfer Blow?
Looks like James Milner will be staying with Newcastle next season according to their official site.
Milner, who spent the season on loan at Villa as part of a deal that saw Nobby Solano return to St James Park, has now had contact with new manager Glenn Roeder and it appears the winger has a future with the Magpies.
Roeder told NUFC: 'I have already met James, and I have told him I am very happy for him to stay here. He told me that he knows nobody can be guaranteed first team football, but all he wanted was a fair opportunity and he is happy at what I told him.'
Adding: 'He has been away at Aston Villa for a year, and let's hope that even though he is still only 20 he comes back better for the experience and a lot more mature and assertive.'
That could be a massive blow to David O'Leary who was desperate to buy the former Leeds player and build the team around him. Still, if Villa ever put a bid in, Newcastle's resolve MIGHT be tested. Bad business though, Villa should have had a buy on clause put in the loan contract.