Aston Villa to Make Shock £14m Manchester City Bid to Sign Former Hero

Alex McLeish wants to bring back former Villa Park favourite from Eastlands.

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Aston Villa are plotting an audacious £14million bid to bring James Milner back from Manchester City.

New boss Alex McLeish has the England mid­fielder – sold less than a year ago for a club record £23m – on his hit list.

McLeish admitted: “Darren Bent has been in sensational form scoring goals for this club since he signed in January, but he needs a supplier and the ammunition to carry that on.”

Milner, 25, is worried after falling down the pecking order at Eastlands.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

This may not be as strange as it sounds but one wonders how the Villa Park faithful would feel about a move to sign a player who was perfectly happy to leave Aston Villa for a ‘bigger’ club less than a year ago. The England international saw his first team chances limited towards the end of the campaign and started much of the final months of the season coming on from the bench.

Man City paid £26m, a fee that included Stephen Ireland moving in the opposite direction, and Roberto Mancini initially started the campaign with the 25 year old as a virtual regular but then experienced a drop in form and found himself coming on as a substitute on a dozen occasions last term, something the attacking midfielder will not have expected to occur following his big money move.

Milner will be keen to stay at Eastlands now that Man City have secured a Champions League berth but perhaps he would be interested in a return to the club where he experienced his best form during two consistent seasons under Martin O’Neill.

Alex McLeish will have to do his best to win over the Aston Villa fans following his contentious move from arch rivals Birmingham City and if he can indeed snap up Milner then it would show the club still had ambition, something that the Midlands club will be even more eager to prove after the sale of Ashley Young to Man United and Brad Friedel’s departure to Tottenham.

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