Everton trying to lure Milner

Last Updated: Tue, 06 May 2014 08:47
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Everton are trying to tempt Manchester City midfielder James Milner away from the Etihad with promises of regular first-team football.

Toffees tactician Roberto Martinez hopes Milner will choose to quit City after the World Cup as he tries to build a squad capable of challenging for the top four again next season.

The 28-year-old former Leeds United and Aston Villa forward has one year left on his £75,000-a-week City contract and in a position of power over his own future.

He has only made 11 Premier League starts this term under Manuel Pellegrini, who has used him as a substitute 18 times.

City cannot offer anyone first-team assurances but officials will not want to lose another 'home grown' player this summer as they need to fill their 25-man Premier League squad.

Milner's first choice is to stay at City after joining from Aston Villa in August 2010 for £26million.

But he only has two goals this term and has not featured in his central midfield role as much as he would like.

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