Arsenal favourites to sign James Milner

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Arsenal are favourites to sign England international midfielder James Milner this summer, according to bookmakers.

SkyBet put the Gunners at the front of the market for the 28-year-old, offering odds of just 2/1 on the Yorkshireman making the move to north London in the transfer window.

Liverpool aren't far behind at 4/1, with Merseyside rivals Everton next on offer at 6/1. Spurs (8/1) come next on the list of possible destinations, with Newcastle United and Southampton (20/1) priced further out.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was linked with a move for Milner last month, with The Daily Telegraph claiming the Frenchman has targeted the £10million-rated player as a possible replacement for Bacary Sagna.

Milner has since struggled in the position internationally, but the Gunners do need a replacement for Sagna, who was out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to join Manchester City.

Whilst his arrival wouldn't be the catalyst for Milner's exit from the Etihad Stadium, the former Leeds star is thought to have become frustrated at a lack of opportunities under Manuel Pellegrini. With one-year left on his contract, the Citizens can either cash-in this summer or risk losing the player for nothing at the end of next season.

For Arsenal, a lack of depth has proved to be their undoing in the past, and given his versatility across midfield and at right back, it's no surprise to see the Emirates Stadium outfit at the top of the betting market for Milner.

It was also a lack of depth which hindered the title challenge of Liverpool last season, with manager Brendan Rodgers forced to pick regularly from the same pool of players.

Milner would give the Northern Irishman another option, and could also play at right wing-back as part of a 3-5-2 formation if the Reds boss wishes to utilise this again next term.

The Independent claimed last month that Liverpool were on alert over the possibility of signing Milner this summer, and their position in the betting market suggests little has changed ahead of the big kick-off in Brazil.

Whilst he might not be the most exciting of players, Milner could certainly do a job at Anfield next season - as he has done 49 times for England in the past. His consistency would be an asset at any Premier League team next season.

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