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Official: Liverpool Agree Terms with James Milner, Will Sign on July 1

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After a fairly uneventful set of negotiations -- as expected, really -- Liverpool have secured James Milner's signature and he'll officially arrive on Merseyside on July 1.

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For the second time in two summers, Liverpool have officially signed a veteran English player before the transfer window is even open. Last year's signing, Rickie Lambert, still has yet to find a real place in manager Brendan Rodgers' squad and could soon be on his way out, but fans will hope that James Milner will make the transition a bit more smoothly and a bit more successfully.

Milner has agreed personal terms with Liverpool today and, pending a medical, officially moves to the club on July 1 after his current contract with Manchester City expires. It is believed City offered Milner a deal that was much more than what he's agreed to with Liverpool, but the promise of increased playing time seems to have been a dealbreaker, with City's incredibly talented squad providing fewer minutes than Milner would have liked.

There's no word yet on the official contract length or wages, with conflicting reports suggesting anywhere from £100-150k a week, but Milner brings with him experience, not just in terms of length of career but of winning things. Milner also brings with him more than a half-century of England caps, and joins fellow England internationals Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, and (sometimes) Rickie Lambert in the side.

Welcome, James!