Leeds considering Milner offer
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle are being tipped to land the young midfielder and Leeds chairman Gerald Krasner has confirmed an offer has been put to the board.
"The board is not going to be rushed into a final decision because decisions are irreversible and it needs to be carefully considered," Krasner told the club's website.
Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson is looking to strengthen his squad and has been linked with a host of players in recent weeks.
Leeds have refused to divulge the name of the bidder, but it is being claimed that The Magpies are the club in question.
A striker is also said to be high on Robson's wish list, with James Beattie a name in the frame to be the long-term successor to Alan Shearer.
Southampton, though, have once again quashed speculation that a bid has been tabled for their England international.
"It's speculation," said Saints chairman Rupert Lowe. "There has been no approach from Newcastle."
Lowe, though, did add: "Fans must know that we will keep them informed."
The St James' Park exit door could also be busy this summer, but chairman Freddy Shepherd has insisted they have no plans to sell reserve keeper Steve Harper.
Harper has endured a frustrating time at Newcastle, as his path to the first team is blocked by Shay Given.
West Brom are said to be keen on handing the 29-year-old first-team football, but Shepherd wants to keep him on Tyneside.
"We want to keep Steve Harper," said Shepherd. "I don't think there's much between him and Shay Given.
"I said to Sven Goran Eriksson that if Harper was a regular in a Premiership team he would surely be in the England squad.
"When you look at the range of England goalkeepers I think that's true.
"If Steve did leave it would be Murphy's Law that Shay would miss some games that season."
Harper has not started a league game in over three years and he may well feel the time is right to head for pastures new.