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Newcastle winger hands in transfer request – will Villa swoop for £9 million England wannabe?

There was Kevin Keegan, telling the press how great a performance he thought this player had delivered on Tuesday night, when the person in question was getting ready to tell his manager and the board that he no longer wanted to be plying his trade at Newcastle!

The Daily Telegraph report that just when it seemed James Milner was sticking around at St James’ Park despite attention from Aston Villa and Liverpool, it now seems as though the winger could be moving on after handing in a transfer request. Will the Tyneside club allow him to leave or step in his way?

“Newcastle United can confirm that it has received a written transfer request from James Milner,” a club statement confirmed.

“The club is very disappointed that James sees his footballing future as being away from St. James’ Park.

“He is a valued member of the squad and it is only a year ago that he signed an improved long-term contract.”

So that’s why Kevin Keegan was singing Milner’s praises after his man of the match performance at Coventry! It was a cunning ruse to keep hold of his player – or at least by bumping up his price by mentioning that the former Leeds man should get a chance for England. Newcastle fans – are you disappointed by the news that one of your best players wants to leave the club? Villa are the first in line for his services by all accounts.

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