By David Woods

13th Jul, 2020 | 7:07am

Phil Hay delivers update as fan asks if Milner will be signing for Leeds when promoted

Leeds United fans are desperate for James Milner to return to the club where his career started and there’s been plenty of speculation about the Liverpool player signing if the Whites are promoted. 

MIlner himself has been asked about a return but he refused to be drawn on it one way or another.

Talking to Sky Sports News earlier this month he said: “You never know in football, what’s around the corner… I’m biased, but I think the Premier League will be a better place for Leeds in it.”

However, any Leeds fans latching onto this will be disappointed with a more downbeat verdict from The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Talking on a fan Q&A he said no one at the club had even mentioned Milner as a prospective target and his wages could be the biggest stumbling block.

“It’s been rumoured constantly but I’m not convinced and no-one at Leeds has mentioned him to me as a target,” Hay said.

“Financially it would be extremely expensive and as best I can see, Milner is still very much involved in Anfield.

“He was quoted recently as saying that it would feel strange to be playing against Leeds next season – so that probably answers your question.”

This is a story that won’t go away until either Milner retires or he signs for Leeds.

The big stumbling block would be his wages. He’s on a reported £140k-a-week at Liverpool and still featuring regularly for the first team.

He’s still got at least another season left in the Liverpool tank so the chances are that he will be lining up against Leeds next season.

The only way we could see Milner joining is if he feels that would be the perfect way to end his career.

Leeds fans would love to see him and MOT Leeds News columnist Paul Robinson has said he’d be the perfect signing.

Unfortunately, we just can’t see it happening.

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