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Ferguson looks to Milner as answer
Sir Alex Ferguson is weighing up a summer move for James Milner, the Aston Villa midfield player. Villa want to tie Milner, 24, to a new long-term contract but Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, is monitoring the situation and may look to take advantage. Martin O’Neill considers Milner integral to his hopes of taking the club into the Champions League and would not want to sell. The player has two years left on his present deal but Villa want to extend the contract and are prepared to increase his wages from about £45,000 a week to £65,000, giving him parity with Ashley Young, his team-mate. Ferguson is considering his midfield options amid concerns about the long-term fitness of Owen Hargreaves and the form of Michael Carrick and Anderson, while Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are coming to the end of their United careers. Milner’s versatility appeals to the Scot and he fits into the the policy of signing young players with scope for improvement.
James Ducker, The Times
It's easy to tell we're nearing the end of the season, as transfer gossip abounds in the papers. Several carry the Milner rumour, and The Sun can 'exclusively' reveal that Real Madrid are "plotting a spectacular double swoop for England's crown jewels, Wayne Rooney and Fabio Capello". The Daily Mail reckons United are interested in signing £9million-rated Greece midfielder Sotiris Ninis.
There's widespread coverage of Thursday's PFA Player of the Year nominations, with The Telegraph and The Mirror both tipping Rooney to land the award.
And not forgetting the small matter of this weekend's Manchester derby, a piece in the Daily Mail says City should fear Antonio Valencia, while Blues winger Adam Johnson is quoted in The Independent as saying Sir Alex Ferguson will come to "regret" selling Carlos Tevez.