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Milner tells Villa pals he expects Man City move

James Milner has told Aston Villa teammates he expects to join Manchester City.

The Mirror says City and Villa are still haggling over a fee for the England midfielder, 24, who has 11 caps.

But the two clubs are believed to be close to a compromise after City's initial bid in May of £20million plus add-ons was rejected.

Milner has told team-mates a deal is likely to be struck soon as Villa need to generate cash to fund their own moves in the market.

Villa boss Martin O'Neill, who has to sell-to-buy, has transfers for Spurs' Robbie Keane and Celtic's Aiden McGeady already lined-up.

Now Milner is waiting on the green light to be given permission to speak to City officials.

And a deal for Milner could include out-of-favour City midfielder Stephen Ireland going in the opposite direction as they are unwilling to pay £30m cash.

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