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James Milner Better In Claret & Blue

Great news, James Milner obviously listened to the advice of the fans around by me on Sunday and has decided claret and blue suits him better because the Newcastle winger is apparently on his way to Villa Park for talks on a permanent move. The BBC is saying he will move to Villa in a £4million deal.

The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Villa and has now been given permission by Newcastle to talk over a permanent transfer.

A Villa statement said: 'The club can confirm that James Milner is travelling down to the West Midlands to discuss a permanent move to Villa.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 31 2006

Time: 12:01PM

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Great news if he signs and i'm sure he will. Another young and talented player - one of our best last season and one who will improve over time and under Martin O'Neill's guidance.
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31/08/2006 12:06:00

Will be supurb. he didnt look right playing for the barcodes, and didnt have his heart in it for them. come home jimmy
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31/08/2006 12:11:00

Now mister ed - you should go messing with my mind - what happenned to all my comments?
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31/08/2006 12:20:00

A solid if unspectacular signing, some of the players must have told MO'N what a prospect he is and how much they enjoyed playing with him last season. A good bit of business.
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31/08/2006 12:24:00

Signing milner for 4m doesn't get my pulse raising, but he is a flexible player that could improve and obviously got on well with team and fans last year. I hope we make one big shock signing today just to cap of a good deadline day. Defoe is looking most likely.
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31/08/2006 12:28:00

But we just bought a midfielder in Petrov. We need to fix the defence up a bit. But still, good player, he'll be good for us indeed
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31/08/2006 12:29:00

I think you canned the last forum - doesn't matter - If Milner signs - what does this mean for Hendrie? I'd welcome Milner back because imagine how he will improve under MON stewardship!
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31/08/2006 12:32:00

Milner did not look happy playing for newcastle, no where near as fluid as he was when he played for us, and he was one of our few highlights last season, as for Defoe, a short quick striker, do we need one??? I think that very shortly he will not be fit to lace gabbys boots, that boy is quicksilver, and getting better all the time, but one things for sure whatever MON decides is fine by me, havn't lost the silly grin off my face since he became manager.
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31/08/2006 12:36:00

I think the defence is fine. We have a mix of youth and experience. There are eight defenders in the squad not including barry. No, competition for Angel would be good as we have 3 very similar strikers. I'd have liked to see Vince Grella from Parma (hold midfield role) and he very young to - 25/26?
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31/08/2006 12:36:00

Good signing, no doubt will improve under MON. Any more rumours? Hope we get a striker, defender, holding midfielder before midnight. It must be a wind up Tevez and Mascharone have gone West Ham?
MON the Man
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31/08/2006 12:37:00

Anyone notice that has actually confirmed a rumour? When was the last time they did that? I'm blown away by this development. Even more so than the news that Milner might actually sign for us. I'm just so used to the official site handing out the news when someone actually signs and not b4. West Ham + Tevez - is this for real?
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31/08/2006 12:42:00

for a player we bought for 3.5 million and who has't started a prem leag game for us and then to sell him for 5 million is great buisness
geordie boys
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31/08/2006 12:48:00

Once again, geordie girls, your off the mark. Just like you were last Sunday. 5 mil? I suppose Luque was great business too. At least you figured out how to turn the caps lock off.
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31/08/2006 12:57:00

The only reason milner hasnt started a premier league game for newcastle is that they are the most mismanaged club in the division. Im sure they'll be happy once theyve got bramble to extend his contract!!
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31/08/2006 12:58:00

True, but he played well for us last season and will be even better under O'Neill. I'd be well happy to see Milner back at Villa full time.
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31/08/2006 12:59:00

obviously a geordie who dosnt follow his team....milner started for the barcodes at the weekend even though he had his mind set on a move to a bigger club.4 days later, it looks like his dream has come true.
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31/08/2006 13:00:00

I was gonna say the price seems a bit high considering Barry nearly went for 5mill. I wouldnt go higher than 3mill for Milner.
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31/08/2006 13:00:00

geordie boys
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31/08/2006 13:04:00

5 mill for young english talent is a good buy, (remember carrick cost 18m)...milner will be worth at least 15m by his 24th birthday and so will gabby, davis, cahill
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31/08/2006 13:05:00

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31/08/2006 13:08:00

Oh dear oh dear geordie boys. Not only is your team going down the pan you are practically giving us your best English talent. I am sure that your other young right midfielder (Solano) has years left in him ......... not! Never mind, You've always got Tightarse Bumble to hold things together for you. I think you want to start looking over your shoulder at Keano instead of looking up at us.
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31/08/2006 13:16:00

what about defoe is there any news on that cuz it wud be a great signin
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31/08/2006 13:17:00

geordie boys, I told you that you were going to get a spanking, and behold you were spanked, you can shout, gob off, scream, cry as much as you like, the fact is the Villa are back and EVERY team now has to look over its shoulder, so geordie boys put up or shut up, and you never know one day you might just grow up to become geordie men, but you'll still get spanked, see you at St James when we come to spank you at home. UP THE VILLA
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31/08/2006 13:38:00

Getin there Milner has a decade of quality football left in him. 4m will look like a micky take in a few years time. He is about the best level of talent we will be able to attract untill we hopefully start qualifying for Europe. Well done Aston Martin if you get him.
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31/08/2006 13:43:00

Milners a good buy and if MON is going to stick with this formation 433 then Milner will be ideal on the right with his engine. bigger squad means more competition for places. this can only be a good thing.
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31/08/2006 13:45:00

milner will be good for us if he joins he knows he is villa through and through, teves to west ham? we got a better chance of signing ronaldinho!!!!!
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31/08/2006 13:59:00

Milner will be a good signing but my joy was took away when Saviola said he didn't want to come as he is too good for us
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31/08/2006 14:08:00

Remember DOL saying that Milner would only join after seeking assurancies about DOL being manager..! Well well DOL what a big IDIOT you really are.
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31/08/2006 14:11:00

samtozer, i think its going to happen as being reported on a few they are saying 1 yr loan deal. Fair play if its true because that will be the scoop of the season.
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31/08/2006 14:13:00

jokes on you Geordie Boy - 2-0, 2-0, 2-0, 2-0... hahahaa
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31/08/2006 14:25:00

maybe the milner thing is a bit like old news when we are becoming used to bigger stuff. he's solid though and shined last season. MON is smart. as far as saviola goes, if he don't wanna be here, we don't want him here. eh? i'm hoping for a rabbit out of the hat come midnight. maybe not defoe? somebody else............
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31/08/2006 14:40:00

if you get him, i think he will be a good signing for you guys, he could only make things better, i think anyway lol. he'll be good for you. Good start by the way and good luck for the rest of the season people.!!!!
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31/08/2006 14:47:00

Welcome home James. You know it makes sense. A good piece of business by Mr. O'Neill.
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31/08/2006 15:03:00

gettin Milner's great i guess those *****s up North cant see great talent even when it comes right into there own team i saw Millner play against us when we beat them 2-0 and he wernt playin with his heart lyk he did for us we shouldent of booed him when he came on im shure he was thinkin i wana come back here
claret + blue army
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31/08/2006 15:35:00

A good signing, if it's finalised. Any chance of any more before the day's done?
The Usual Suspect
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31/08/2006 15:41:00

I think we are getting rose tinted specs with regards to our players. Defoe is a better finisher then any of our current players. Milner is a brilliant signing (Newcastle have Duff, Solano, Luque of a similar ilk so it makes sense to let James go if he wants to leave)
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31/08/2006 15:48:00

Wallis. Good post. Ditto.
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31/08/2006 15:53:00

Newcastle have said that they have recalled milner back to the club so this might mean the deal is off
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31/08/2006 16:24:00

Sky is saying he's returned to Newcastle without agreeing a contract??? MON was hinting at some loan deals, nothing reported yet. What we don't need is mediocre players cluttering up the dressing room when MON has time to bring in the class acts. There's no rush but a couple of positions need filling. A right winger, and if we get one this could free up Gabby to be the 4th striker if we have injury probs. I still wouldn't mind a left back.
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31/08/2006 16:29:00

I'm sure you'll get him in the end!
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02/09/2006 19:32:00


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