Liverpool close in on James Milner

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Liverpool are in advanced talks with James Milner, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The 29-year-old's Manchester City contract expires at the end of this month and, after the Citizens' desperate plea to persuade the midfielder to stay and reportedly offered him £165,000-a-week, he has opted to leave the Etihad.

Milner wants guaranteed regular first-team football playing centre-midfield after being yo-yo'd by Manuel Pellegrini last season playing in various positions including striker.

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The England international has attracted a host of club's including Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, however, the former Leeds United man seems to prefer to stay in the North West rather than relocate to London.

Liverpool will get Milner's services on a free transfer if both parties can come to negotiations, but, he will likely receive a substantial signing on fee if he is to ink a deal at Anfield.

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Decent Signing

Milner would be Brendan Rodgers' first signing of the summer and, although it will not create fireworks, will please most Kopites.

Milner is a player who is admired by many. He may not have the technical ability of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, however, he is an honest midfielder who will always give 110%. He had a decent season at Manchester City, scoring eight goals, which is what Liverpool certainly need.

Steven Gerrard's Reds career has come to an end and Milner will likely come into the starting XI to replace his former Three Lions team-mate. He's capable of playing a defensive or advanced role and could form a solid partnership with Jordan Henderson in the centre of the park. Emre Can could too join the pair if Rodgers' reverts to a 4-3-3 formation.

More Needed

Although Milner will be welcomed, Liverpool fans will be hopeful there is plenty more to come and some with a bit more prestige to their name.

He is a solid signing, but, the Merseyside club need improvements in the final third of the pitch. They managed just 52 goals for the whole of this season and must go out and pay big money for a striker who can guarantee 20 goals per season.

Danny Ings and Christian Benteke have both been rumoured to move to Anfied, however, neither have truly convinced at the top-level. The latter seems to have hot and cold streaks and instead Liverpool need a consistent goalscorer.

Of course, it depends on who Rodgers can lure to Anfield. No Champions League football means that Liverpool will struggle to attract the world's top players, as seen with Memphis Depay who chose Manchester United over the Reds.

With Gerrard leaving, there is too no world-class player that lured potential signings to Merseyside on that basis, also.

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