Milner completes Man City move, Ireland goes to Villa

London: Manchester City completed the signing of England midfielder James Milner on Wednesday with Stephen Ireland moving to Villa Park as part of the deal.

The fee was undisclosed but local media valued the transfer fee for the 24-year-old at 24 million pounds (USD 37.53 million) based on a 16 million payment and an eight million valuation of Irish midfielder Ireland.

"I am very happy to have James with us, everybody knows we have admired him for some time," City manager Roberto Mancini told the Macnchester club`s website.

"He is an excellent midfielder who can play in a number of positions... but he is also young and a good character. I think he can also improve and be a great player for Manchester City for a long time."

Bureau Report

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