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Baniyas confident of landing Melbourne Victory star Milligan

by Tim McGlone

There is growing speculation Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan will soon depart the club.

The chairman of the UAE club trying to lure the A-League star is 'confident' his club will complete the permanent transfer of the 29-year old midfielder.

Baniyas, based in Abu Dhabi, are believed to have activated the AUS$1 million release clause in the 2014/15 A-League Grand Final star's contract.

Mubarak bin Mahroum, the Baniyas chairman, said discussions had taken place over a proposed move.

"We have been discussing for a long time, since one month ago," bin Mahroum said on Monday.

"We are still talking, still negotiating some things. We are confident."

The 29-year old Milligan joined Melbourne Victory in 2012, and was a key player in their championship winning side this season. The versatile midfielder was named man-of-the-match in the 3-0 A-League Grand Final triumph over Sydney earlier this month.

Milligan, who was once heavily linked with Premier League club Crystal Palace, has represented Australia on 39 occasions.

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