Liverpool "confident" of sealing James Milner deal

Milner on his way to Liverpool?
Milner on his way to Liverpool?

Liverpool are confident of sealing a deal to sign James Milner, in a move that would indicate a deviation in transfer policy at the Anfield club.

Liverpool's much-discussed transfer committee have focused their attentions on signing younger players in the last couple of years, but 29-year-old Milner would arrive with plenty of experience under his belt in the Premier League.

The Sunday World revealed at the start of May (below) that Liverpool were looking to sign Milner, who is out-of-contract at Manchester City this summer.

Now the deal appears to be edging close to being completed, despite interest from Arsenal to bring Milner to London.

The latest reports suggests Milner's wage demands have diluted Arsenal's interest in signing a player who has been an unsung hero at City since his arrival at the club in 2010.

It is something of a mystery that City are prepared to allow a player who made 32 Premier League appearances this season to walk away from the club, but Liverpool look set to be the beneficiaries of that decision.

The move would be welcomed by Anfield great John Aldridge, who has encouraged Liverpool to target more experienced players this summer.

"The club club target young, promising players and try to turn them into stars," Aldo told the Sunday World. 

"It's a nice idea in principle, but we need to abandon that plan for the time being – because Liverpool need to sign some strong characters this summer.

"They need real men who will toughen up a team that were brushed aside too often as they finished a massive 25 points behind Premier League champions Chelsea.

"With Gerrard gone, where are the leaders in the Liverpool side? I just don’t see them.

"Jordan Henderson is still a young man who is growing into a role as a potential captain, but is Martin Skrtel (left) leadership material? He’s too quiet for that role in my view."