After repeated publishing of glitches and minor progresses by media houses, it seems that Liverpool’s pursuit of Tom Ince hasn’t really moved an inch forward. One thing is for certain – Blackpool are expecting Liverpool to come back with a higher bid for a player they let go just months ago for £57,000.
It is no surprise then, that we are seeing an increasing number of twitter rumours linking James Milner to Liverpool. Milner had interested Liverpool last season before the start of the 2011/12 season when Kenny Dalglish was in charge but no deal materialized for the former Aston Villa winger at the time.
With Liverpool failing to secure a deal for Tom Ince soon, there is an outside chance that the Reds will consider alternate options. But could James Milner be the right alternative? Not quite. Milner has had just six Premier League starts this season (and four as a substitute), scoring two goals in the process – an indication that he is no longer a guaranteed starter under Roberto Mancini, a man whose own future is lurking under a dark cloud for weeks now. Also, the dominance of Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry in midfield, along with the arrival of Javi Garcia in the summer has made it even more difficult for Milner to convince his boss for a starting berth.
Manchester City signed Milner from Aston Villa in 2010 for £26 million. With a wage agreement of £100,000 per week, Milner could have roughly accumulated £15 million in just two years at the Etihad. Given that he has been kept on the bench with this huge wage bill on his lap, it is highly unlikely that Liverpool will be willing to offer a bit-part player that kind of money.
There won’t be too many players like Daniel Sturridge who are ready to take a pay-cut to jump from a Champions League side to one that isn’t featuring in Europe’s top competition as yet, just to save their future. Another reason these rumours don’t hold a degree of veracity is because Brendan Rodgers is said to push for a loan deal with an option to buy in the summer, like what he did with Nuri Sahin. While an approach to gauge the mould of players to that of his vision through loan deals seems sensible, it however doesn’t make sense to experiment with fringe players at this point in the season where Liverpool are slowly starting to climb.
Steven Gerrard recently spoke about how building a squad around youth is not the only way to rise up and build a formidable team. He stressed on the importance of having the right balance between youth and experience in the squad and while he is right about it, it looks like we are now reading stories like this one with the Liverpool captain’s quotes serving as undertones.
Some twitter rumours linking James Milner to Liverpool:
Sky Bet @SkyBet
Liverpool backed in to 4/1 to sign James Milner in January amid talk of a loan move for the Man City man:
Freelance journalist @indykaila
transfer tumour at the Cottage today that James Milner is very likely to join LFC this month on loan via @BroadcastMoose
LFC Spy @LFCspy
Out the blue rumour: #LFC APPARENTLY very likely to complete the loan signing of Man City Midfielder James Milner with option to buy