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Villa Back In For Newcastle Winger Milner?

According to The People, Villa have made a 7million bid for Newcastle United midfielder James Milner.

The 22-year-old left sided midfielder/winger enjoyed a loan spell at Villa in the 2005/06 season making 33 appearances and scoring 3 goals. Martin O'Neill very nearly secured a permant move for the player before Freddie Shepherd recalled the player who was apparently on the way down to Villa Park to sign.

The report says Newcastle are holding out for more money and that Everton ar also interested although to be fair, I would think 7million is about right for the tough tackling Magpie? Other reports are suggesting that Kevin Keegan might be bashing heads with new owner Mike Ashley as the club are looking to trim 10million from their wage bill.

The paper says Newcastle want closer to 9million and that MON will give the club a couple of weeks before moving on to other winger options.

Personally I'd love to see Milner back, he showed more passion and desire whilst on loan to us than many of our permanent players, Barry aside. What do you reckon?




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 1 2008

Time: 11:28AM

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I'd take him back - hard worker with lots of talent. On Milner's top form there isn't too much between him and Bentley in my opinion. Also, he was at the club whilst DOL was in charge - imagine how much better he might be once MON has worked with him for a season.
The Usual Suspect
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01/06/2008 11:34:00

I'd take him back - hard worker with lots of talent. On Milner's top form there isn't too much between him and Bentley in my opinion. Also, he was at the club whilst DOL was in charge - imagine how much better he might be once MON has worked with him for a season.
The Usual Suspect
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01/06/2008 11:34:00

And still very young so a good one as we look to build for the future.
The Fear
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01/06/2008 11:43:00

And still very young so a good one as we look to build for the future.
The Fear
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01/06/2008 11:43:00

If he's that good we should be asking ourselves why Newcastle don't want to play him or keep him.
YatesyVillain
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01/06/2008 12:01:00

If he's that good we should be asking ourselves why Newcastle don't want to play him or keep him.
YatesyVillain
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01/06/2008 12:01:00

arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrh not the James Milner thread again we have 20 so far! Hard grafting lad but just hasn't got that final ball or shot in him , looked a stone blind cert at 16 to be in there with Rooney but has just not progressed and now stuggles for a place at Newcastle.
Villan57
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01/06/2008 12:05:00

arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrh not the James Milner thread again we have 20 so far! Hard grafting lad but just hasn't got that final ball or shot in him , looked a stone blind cert at 16 to be in there with Rooney but has just not progressed and now stuggles for a place at Newcastle.
Villan57
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01/06/2008 12:05:00

Id have him back,Id be suprised if we got him
Pking
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01/06/2008 12:08:00

Id have him back,Id be suprised if we got him
Pking
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01/06/2008 12:08:00

No Thanks. 7m is OTT. He is not the next level, and I hope we have better coming up through the ranks - or, if not, that we sign someone better. These days potential is usually 20 years and down to 16 years old. Milner may improve but he has been around about 6 years already and, as a winger, is hardly a great crosser of the ball. He is goodish - but goodish is not good enough if we want to move on up. Young was a great signing and another on like that would be acceptable! For 7m we hopefully could scout, spot and buy from the lower divisions or abroad someone who has more potential than Milner.
stennyvilla
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01/06/2008 12:24:00

No Thanks. 7m is OTT. He is not the next level, and I hope we have better coming up through the ranks - or, if not, that we sign someone better. These days potential is usually 20 years and down to 16 years old. Milner may improve but he has been around about 6 years already and, as a winger, is hardly a great crosser of the ball. He is goodish - but goodish is not good enough if we want to move on up. Young was a great signing and another on like that would be acceptable! For 7m we hopefully could scout, spot and buy from the lower divisions or abroad someone who has more potential than Milner.
stennyvilla
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01/06/2008 12:24:00

I personally think he's good enough now, i've seen him play at newcastle and been their best player on the park a few times. Even at 9m (which i think is too much) i'd still want to see him back at VP
johnnyuk
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01/06/2008 12:25:00

I personally think he's good enough now, i've seen him play at newcastle and been their best player on the park a few times. Even at 9m (which i think is too much) i'd still want to see him back at VP
johnnyuk
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01/06/2008 12:25:00

Agree with The Usual Suspect - Milner's a top young English talent and MON would bring the best out of the lad.
pongogidman
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01/06/2008 12:46:00

Agree with The Usual Suspect - Milner's a top young English talent and MON would bring the best out of the lad.
pongogidman
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01/06/2008 12:46:00

Got a warm rush when I read this, feels right this time, and on Newcastle's form last year, how could anyone look good? I think Bentley is a touch overrated, and Ryan Giggs' final ball was pretty bad in his early years, practice and training can change a lot, and so can MON. I think there's every chance he could turn into the right sided Ashley.
azreal13
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01/06/2008 12:56:00

Got a warm rush when I read this, feels right this time, and on Newcastle's form last year, how could anyone look good? I think Bentley is a touch overrated, and Ryan Giggs' final ball was pretty bad in his early years, practice and training can change a lot, and so can MON. I think there's every chance he could turn into the right sided Ashley.
azreal13
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01/06/2008 12:56:00

Sod him, get Valencia from Wigan. Better at everything.
koolbill
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01/06/2008 12:58:00

Sod him, get Valencia from Wigan. Better at everything.
koolbill
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01/06/2008 12:58:00

azreal13...where did this warm rush stop and, more importantly, where did it begin? ha ha. ;->
koolbill
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01/06/2008 13:00:00

azreal13...where did this warm rush stop and, more importantly, where did it begin? ha ha. ;->
koolbill
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01/06/2008 13:00:00

I'd much rather Lennon
Mickey_Villa
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01/06/2008 13:06:00

I'd much rather Lennon
Mickey_Villa
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01/06/2008 13:06:00

I'd rather have Shaun Wright Phillips.
silkie villain
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01/06/2008 13:16:00

I'd rather have Shaun Wright Phillips.
silkie villain
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01/06/2008 13:16:00

I don't think it's particularly a case of MON working with him, more John Robertson who is a great coach and one of the best wingers to grace the game. Sign him up I say!
Jon.H
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01/06/2008 13:39:00

I don't think it's particularly a case of MON working with him, more John Robertson who is a great coach and one of the best wingers to grace the game. Sign him up I say!
Jon.H
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01/06/2008 13:39:00

I think Milner has great potential. Lennon is quick But no end result, has no final ball IMO! Valencia is a good prospect, But I still like Milner, he's an old fashion direct winger. Not a show pony!!!
gappy65
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01/06/2008 13:49:00

I think Milner has great potential. Lennon is quick But no end result, has no final ball IMO! Valencia is a good prospect, But I still like Milner, he's an old fashion direct winger. Not a show pony!!!
gappy65
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01/06/2008 13:49:00

koolbill, I'm just really excited about new players, what can I say? :-) Jon.H, granted, kinda meant MON in the omnipotent sense, as head of the coaching staff, rather than some sort of Mickey and Rocky chasing chickens thing. ("Get up... cos Marty loves ya!)
azreal13
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01/06/2008 13:50:00

koolbill, I'm just really excited about new players, what can I say? :-) Jon.H, granted, kinda meant MON in the omnipotent sense, as head of the coaching staff, rather than some sort of Mickey and Rocky chasing chickens thing. ("Get up... cos Marty loves ya!)
azreal13
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01/06/2008 13:50:00

I thought he was the standout player of a bad season when he came on loan. I'd definitely have him back
Villa4Europe
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01/06/2008 14:25:00

I thought he was the standout player of a bad season when he came on loan. I'd definitely have him back
Villa4Europe
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01/06/2008 14:25:00

i have to agree that out of bentley, SWP and Milner Villa have more chance of signing Milner. I agree he did have passion when at villa but id still prefer one of the other two - Bentley for me - probably the most expensive option - but that says it all really - he is the best out of all three hence why he would be the most expensive. Have we heard in the press lately that SWP or Milner are the replacement for Beckham ... No ..... but if he goes anywhere i doubt it will be Villa ... Sadly..... Unless of course we can manage to talk Henry or Owen to come ... then maybe he would see our potential and follow suit
tvrwhitey
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01/06/2008 16:25:00

i have to agree that out of bentley, SWP and Milner Villa have more chance of signing Milner. I agree he did have passion when at villa but id still prefer one of the other two - Bentley for me - probably the most expensive option - but that says it all really - he is the best out of all three hence why he would be the most expensive. Have we heard in the press lately that SWP or Milner are the replacement for Beckham ... No ..... but if he goes anywhere i doubt it will be Villa ... Sadly..... Unless of course we can manage to talk Henry or Owen to come ... then maybe he would see our potential and follow suit
tvrwhitey
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01/06/2008 16:25:00

I'd have him back at Leeds but we have't the money yet.....
Tiny T
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02/06/2008 08:07:00

I'd have him back at Leeds but we have't the money yet.....
Tiny T
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02/06/2008 08:07:00

We need fast wingers, fit better in the team I belive. Milner is quiet fast I think. I would try and sign Milner and Lennon. but that is probably impossible..
Faroe_villa_rules
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02/06/2008 11:09:00

We need fast wingers, fit better in the team I belive. Milner is quiet fast I think. I would try and sign Milner and Lennon. but that is probably impossible..
Faroe_villa_rules
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02/06/2008 11:09:00

Milner is the answer and all you doubters will learn, if we actually get him that is. I think he's top quality and as has been said by someone already, Bentley is overated, if we get Milner he'll put Bentley in his place and hopefully, Bentley will stop being such a mug and sort his face out. I don't care if its 12 mill for Milner, SWP is never going to happen. This is the perfect signing.
PTP
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02/06/2008 12:34:00

Milner is the answer and all you doubters will learn, if we actually get him that is. I think he's top quality and as has been said by someone already, Bentley is overated, if we get Milner he'll put Bentley in his place and hopefully, Bentley will stop being such a mug and sort his face out. I don't care if its 12 mill for Milner, SWP is never going to happen. This is the perfect signing.
PTP
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02/06/2008 12:34:00

Agreed PTP, Bentley does play the Beckham ball but only once out of ten times and I play Pub league football with more consistant players. His ego makes Reo-Coker look shy.
Villan444
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02/06/2008 18:17:00

Agreed PTP, Bentley does play the Beckham ball but only once out of ten times and I play Pub league football with more consistant players. His ego makes Reo-Coker look shy.
Villan444
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02/06/2008 18:17:00

Me, I hope we land him, I really do. I'd take him over SWP or David Bentley. I think he'd be another perfect fit in this jig-saw that MON is putting together.
glensider
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02/06/2008 20:51:00

Me, I hope we land him, I really do. I'd take him over SWP or David Bentley. I think he'd be another perfect fit in this jig-saw that MON is putting together.
glensider
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02/06/2008 20:51:00

MON type of player too, hard worker, not a flashy-Joe. Yes, might be worth 7m or so of our summer budget.
glensider
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04/06/2008 14:38:00

MON type of player too, hard worker, not a flashy-Joe. Yes, might be worth 7m or so of our summer budget.
glensider
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