Date: 1st August 2006 at 1:24pm
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Rovers boss Mark Hughes obviously does not want to sell, and the player is making noises suggesting he would like to stay at Ewood Park rather than face the smog and acid rain on Teeside.

So reports from the Riverside claim Southgate is ready to tempt James Milner with the offer of first team football, despite Glenn Roeder insisting the ex-Leeds United winger is not for sale.

The 20-year-old returned to St. James’s Park after a loan spell at Aston Villa last season, and Villa tried to sign him last January, but the asking price was £3m … and the midland club only offered £1m.

Boro certainly have the funds to the player.