Newcastle winger James Milner has handed in a transfer request at St James’ Park.
Milner is reported to be a target for Aston Villa, where he spent a successful season on loan in 2005-06.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Newcastle United can confirm that it has received a written transfer request from James Milner.
“The club is very disappointed that James sees his footballing future as being away from St James’ Park. He is a valued member of the squad and it is only a year ago that he signed an improved long-term contract.
“We have yet to receive an offer for James that has matched our valuation of him.
“However, should such an offer be received then the club would be forced to consider it, given James’ apparent desire to leave.”