Date: 18th November 2005 at 10:28am
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On loan midfielder James Milner says he doesn’t regret moving to Aston Villa despite the awful run of results.

The England Under-21 international came to Villa as part of the deal that saw Solano move back to St James Park. Milner is on a season long loan and moved to get regular first team action.

Millner said ‘It’s a great opportunity for me here. Villa is a great club. Not long ago all the talk that is now flying around here at Villa was flying around at Newcastle. A few wins and we’ll be back up there. That’s all we need. There’s no panic. What we need is a bit of luck and some consistency to our play and we’ll be fine. With some of the football we have been playing, we have been unlucky not to get more points on the board. Hopefully it will come.’

If press reports are to be believed, Newcastle and Villa will soon be doing business again because rumours suggest Souness is interested in signing Villa’s utility player Gareth Barry. Reports also suggest Bowyer could be used as a makeweight for the deal. However Souness has denied he has any intention of letting the controversial midfielder leave. Souness said ‘We don’t want to lose him as he is an important member of our squad. There is no secret Lee would like to get further south eventually to be nearer his family but that is not an agenda from our part. We see him as an important part of our squad.’ Charlton are also being linked with the player who was set to move to Birmingham City before a petition by some fans against him signing stopped the deal.

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