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Milner makes Newcastle switch

Newcastle United FC have signed midfield player James Milner from Leeds United AFC.

Five-year deal
After rejecting a move to Tottenham Hotspur FC in May, Milner was expected to stay at Elland Road, but contract re-negotiations faltered and following a medical, he signed a five-year deal at St James' Park today. "James is excited about joining one of the premier clubs, who can offer him a major stage and European football," the 18-year-old's agent Mick McGuire said. Newcastle will play in the UEFA Cup next season.

Leeds' dilemma
"It's common knowledge that as part of Leeds' survival plans, they need to generate income from transfers," he continued. "We appreciate their dilemma and understand the decision to let James go.  He's glad that the money his move has generated will help Leeds in the longer term."

Squad breakdown
With Australian striker Mark Viduka set to join Middlesbrough FC and England internationals Alan Smith and Paul Robinson already offloaded to Manchester United FC and Tottenham, Leeds have lost much of the heart of their team as their off-field struggles continue.