Date: 27th August 2008 at 2:50pm
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Reports today say that Newcastle winger, James Milner, has handed in a transfer request and wants to leave the club before the transfer window closes. Now, we had been linked with James Milner earlier on in the transfer window in a bid to fill the hole in the left hand side of our midfield. Now with this news surfacing today about Milner and that he fancies a move to Liverpool or Villa, should Rafa take notice of this and rather get Milner than Riera?

Perosnally, I do not think Milner is a great player, he may still be young being 22 years old and he has bags of talent for his age but asking him to come into a team like Liverpool and putting all the weight on his shoulders to be our ‘left solution’ may be a bit too much to ask of him. Milner has the benefit that he has played in the Premiership for a while and thus will not have to adjust to the English game. But then again, Riera has also had a spell in English football during his time at Manchester City.

Milner is English, which would be beneficial when the 6-5 rule comes into play and I guess that is one of the main reasons Rafa wanted Barry so much.

Given the option, I feel I would rather have Riera than Milner. I have just not been too convinced about Milner. But if funds are available, maybe Rafa will scoop both of them up. What do you guys think: Milner or Riera?