Milner 'rules out' Old Trafford move

23 May 2010 12:18
Aston Villa's in-demand England star James Milner has reportedly ruled out any chance of a move to Manchester United.[LNB] Sunday's News of the World claims Milner would not countenance a switch to Old Trafford due to his Leeds United connections. The 24-year-old was born and raised in the city and made 48 appearances for the Whites before moving to Newcastle for £3.6million in 2004.[LNB]His value has risen significantly in the last six years, however, so much so that Villa boss Martin O'Neill is now said to be looking for around £40million if Milner were to be sold.[LNB]That would mean Manchester City, who have already made an initial approach of £20million, would have to significantly raise their bid in order to land Milner.[LNB]Chelsea are also said to be interested, while the tabloid adds that Milner's first preference would be Liverpool - but only if he could follow O'Neill to Anfield.[LNB]The Villa boss has been linked with the Reds job should Rafa Benitez move on this summer.[LNB]Meanwhile, Sunday's papers continue to link Tottenham's Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane with a switch to Villa Park. The 29-year-old, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Celtic, would probably cost around £15million.[LNB]Also, giant Serbia striker Nikola Zigic, 29, and Portugal right wing-back Miguel, 30, have also been suggested as Villa targets. The Valencia duo would cost a combined fee of around £9.5million.

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