This sort of thing can really mess a start of a season up. Look at the Boro last season! If he stays he does not want to play, if he goes more holes and what a good player to be leaving. Worse still he has an FA or PFA agent so its not like its his agent talking up the move, unsettling him, he must really want to leave.
What do the rest of you think about it?
Newcastle winger James Milner has handed in a transfer request at St James' Park.
The England Under 21 international is a reported summer target for Aston Villa, where he spent a successful season on loan in 2005/06.
Kevin Keegan is eager to retain Milner's services in the North East and sees him as an integral part of the club's long-term plans.
The winger scored one and created another in the Magpies' 3-2 extra-time victory over Coventry in the Carling Cup second round on Tuesday night.
Very disappointed 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."
Villa are believed to have already had one bid of £7million rejected by the Magpies, who value the former Leeds United man at £9million.