• Surprised... Australia star Mark Milligan said his is unaware of an offer from Crystal Palace. (Getty)
Australia midfielder Mark Milligan said he wasn’t aware of a lucrative offer being tabled by Premier League club Crystal Palace, before reiterating his desire to play in the English top flight.
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26 Jul 2013 - 10:13 AM  UPDATED 26 Jul 2013 - 12:07 PM

The World Game broke the news Palace is preparing a $1 million bid for Milligan as the Melbourne Victory midfielder was competing with the Socceroos in the their 3-2 EAFF East Asian Cup loss to Japan.

After the match, Milligan denied any knowledge of a deal, but stressed his management may well be looking at offers.

'I haven’t heard anything and it tends to be very difficult for me when there’s a game," Milligan said. 'My agency stay well away from me and let me focus on my job here, so I’m unaware of anything at the moment."

Milligan spoke of the attraction of linking up with his Socceroos team-mate, Mile Jedinak, at Palace.

'There’s no hiding from that it’s been a goal of mine for a long time (to play in the EPL). I have to wait and speak to people. There’s a lot of different circumstances that come into play regardless of the situation."

Milligan is reported to have turned down a lucrative deal, worth twice as much as the Palace offer, from Abu Dhabi club Baniyas, preferring to stay in the A-League, where he has excelled under Ange Postecoglou at Victory.

When pressed on the circumstances he referred to, he said:

'I’m still a Melbourne player I’m under contract.

'There’s a lot of logisitics for me in terms of wages and it’s a very important year for me leading into a World Cup.

'I need to make sure that wherever I am, I’m playing football."

Milligan, who was promoted to the Socceroos starting line-up for the 2014 World Cup Qualifying match against Japan in place of injured jedinak, has since kept the Palace captain out of the national team with a number of strong performances.

He acknowledged the inherent risks of moving to a big league.

'It’s a gamble but you always get a feel for things once you get all the information and you're able to sit down and look at a whole picture," he said. "I think it’s a lot easier to judge a sit and get a feeling for what’s ahead."