Football: Man City's Milner agrees to join Liverpool on free transfer

Liverpool announced on Thursday that they have agreed to sign England midfielder James Milner from English Premier League rivals Manchester City on a free transfer, subject to a medical examination. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Liverpool announced on Thursday that they have agreed to sign England midfielder James Milner from English Premier League rivals Manchester City on a free transfer, subject to a medical examination. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Liverpool announced on Thursday that they have agreed to sign England midfielder James Milner from English Premier League rivals Manchester City on a free transfer, subject to a medical examination.

The 29-year-old, capped 53 times by his country, will join Liverpool on July 1 after his City contract expires. Liverpool have not disclosed the length of his contract.

"Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce they have agreed a deal to sign Manchester City's James Milner, subject to a medical," the Reds announced on their website.

A graduate from Leeds United's youth academy, Milner played for Leeds, Newcastle United and Aston Villa before joining City in 2010 in a deal reported to be worth £26 million (S$53.3 million).

The versatile, hard-working player, who can operate right across midfield, has won two Premier League titles with City, in 2011-12 and 2013-14, as well as the 2010-11 FA Cup and the 2013-14 League Cup.

Milner, who will officially join on the day that long-serving captain Steven Gerrard leaves for the Los Angeles Galaxy, is Liverpool's first signing of the close season.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is attempting to rejuvenate a squad that finished sixth in the Premier League this season, eight points off the Champions League places, having only narrowly missed out on the title in 2014.