Everton linked with £5m January bid for England international - report

Everton are lining up a January bid for Manchester City's James Milner.

Everton are reportedly lining up a £5 million move for Manchester City man James Milner in the January transfer window.

Milner was touted to be leaving the Etihad over the summer, after becoming frustrated with a lack of first-team starts, but no deal materialised.

However, it seems that the Toffees could have been biding their time before making a bid for the England international, as they feel they can get him at a cut price by waiting. 

Milner has less than a year left on his contract at City and, as a result, Roberto Martinez is optimistic at being able to convince the Premier League champions to cash-in on the energetic midfielder rather than lose him on a free. 

That, of course, relies on Milner remaining firm and not signing a new contract at City, but it seems unlikely given his fears over first-team opportunities have proven to be legitimate.

Milner has made just two appearances for City in all competitions so far this season and is yet to start a game. 

City were demanding £15 million for Milner in the summer, but their bargaining power will be significantly reduced at the turn of the year, due to the contract situation. 

If Martinez is able to get his man, as he hopes, then he will prove a worthwhile addition to the Toffees squad. 

Milner boasts all the attributes needed to be a success at Goodison Park and, although he may fall short of the requirements needed to make it at City, he should become a key component of Everton's first team. 

If they are to get him they may have to do competition with a number of other clubs, though, including Arsenal and Liverpool, as the 28-year-old is one of the most sought after stars in England's top flight. 

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