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David O'Leary has admitted that he would love to sign James Milner on a permanent basis in the summer.

Milner, currently on a season long loan from Newcastle, made up part of the deal that saw Nobby Solano move back to Geordieland.

The 20-year-old has been a virtual ever present for Villa and has enjoyed a rich vein of form adding some bite and distribution to what has - at times - been a very lack lustre team.

O'Leary said: 'James Milner cost Newcastle £5million plus add-ons when they signed him from Leeds and that sort of money takes us out of the equation. He is not spectacular but plays at a high level of consistency and is a very functional player.'

The last report I read said that Milner cost Newcastle £3.6 million when Sir Bobby Robson bought him from Leeds United in 2004. Also, 'he is not spectacular'? How is that going to motivate the player to want to stay?!

He continued: 'Newcastle must have thought they could not go wrong allowing him to join Villa on loan as he could only improve with us. Villa did a great bit of business when he joined us. Nobby Solano came for £1.5million and they gave us back that money when he returned to Newcastle and we took Milner on loan for a year without any fee being paid.

I guess his future will depend on the next manager taking up the St James Park hot seat, if Souness had remained we would probably have been able to buy him.

O'Leary finished: 'No doubt Doug Ellis, will be speaking to Freddy Shepherd at the game.'

Oh crumbs no, that is that then!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday February 11 2006
Time: 11:36AM

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We couldn't afford a loan fee for Bakke. We couldn't afford any new signings in the window. All of a sudden we are going to make an offer for Milner. This is lazy newspaper talk. Rothschilds have been instructed to find a buyer for the club. I would have thought they would had advised the board not to enter into contract talks or negotions to buy new players. This is just a convenient story due to the fact we are playing Newcastle today.
still skeggy
11/02/2006 11:43:00
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We couldn't afford a loan fee for Bakke. We couldn't afford any new signings in the window. All of a sudden we are going to make an offer for Milner. This is lazy newspaper talk. Rothschilds have been instructed to find a buyer for the club. I would have thought they would had advised the board not to enter into contract talks or negotions to buy new players. This is just a convenient story due to the fact we are playing Newcastle today.
still skeggy
11/02/2006 11:43:00
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Rothschild would have no right to tell the club who they can and can't enter into negotiations with until there is a genuine bid on the table. However as we have no money, I agree this is just all talk. Lets face it, the last time he publicly said he wanted to keep a player he got no backing from Ellis. (Bakke).
The Fear
11/02/2006 12:26:00
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Rothschild would have no right to tell the club who they can and can't enter into negotiations with until there is a genuine bid on the table. However as we have no money, I agree this is just all talk. Lets face it, the last time he publicly said he wanted to keep a player he got no backing from Ellis. (Bakke).
The Fear
11/02/2006 12:26:00
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It just doesn't make sense, to me, that the club would enter into discussions about any player whilst a takeover is being muted. It just doesn't make sound business sense to me.
still skeggy
11/02/2006 13:27:00
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It just doesn't make sense, to me, that the club would enter into discussions about any player whilst a takeover is being muted. It just doesn't make sound business sense to me.
still skeggy
11/02/2006 13:27:00
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Glen Roeder is quoted today as saying he would urge the Newcastle board not to sell Milner to us. So we've given Milner 1st team football all season for Newcastle to reap the benefits in the future.
still skeggy
12/02/2006 12:06:00
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Glen Roeder is quoted today as saying he would urge the Newcastle board not to sell Milner to us. So we've given Milner 1st team football all season for Newcastle to reap the benefits in the future.
still skeggy
12/02/2006 12:06:00
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Cracking, gutsy player that gives his all, all of the time. We need more players like him and Roeder he has been in the toon job 2 weeks and he is telling the newcastle board what to do, prat.
Vince_AstonVilla
12/02/2006 14:36:00
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Cracking, gutsy player that gives his all, all of the time. We need more players like him and Roeder he has been in the toon job 2 weeks and he is telling the newcastle board what to do, prat.
Vince_AstonVilla
12/02/2006 14:36:00
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