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Martin O'Neill: James Milner on brink of move from Aston Villa to Manchester City

James Milner's protracted move to Manchester City could be concluded this weekend, Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has said.

After leaving the England international midfielder out of the Villa squad for Friday night's friendly with Valencia, O'Neill said an end to the summer-long transfer saga would be welcome.

"We didn't play him primarily because there could be something happening in terms of the transfer," O'Neill said following the goalless draw with the Spaniards.

"I thought it would be the best thing to do not to play him in case something develops over the weekend or Monday or Tuesday.

"I think there's been fresh contact. I couldn't tell you whether there's been a renewed offer.

"I think there is something in that there now, yes (getting it concluded quickly). I agree.

"I think that's for everyone's benefit really, it's probably time to get something done if it's at all possible.

"And I think that was the aim anyway when the teams were talking.

"But I'm unable to furnish you with further details at this moment."