Mark Milligan expected to remain at Melbourne Victory

Ange Postecoglou looks set to retain his star man, with the Premier League underdogs seemingly unwilling to improve on their offer for the Australia international's services

Mark Milligan appears set to remain at Melbourne Victory after Crystal Palace refused to increase their offer of US$1.4 million for the midfielder late on Monday evening [AEST].

Ian Holloway's team, promoted from the Championship to the English Premier League as playoff winners last season, have been involved in a protracted pursuit of the Socceroo since Australia's participation at the EAFF East Asian Cup in South Korea in July.

A succession of improved offers have been tabled for the versatile 28-year-old in the past week, and reports had indicated he was set to leave Victory.

However, Palace have consistently failed to meet Victory's valuation of one of their their prized assets.

A figure believed to be closer to AU$1.5 million would have been enough to lure the former Sydney and JEF United man to the UK, and the Selhurst Park outfit could still come back to the negotiating table if they fail in their pursuit of other targets. The transfer window closes at 11pm Monday in the UK, 8am Tuesday AEST.

Milligan, capable of playing in midfield and defence, would have joined Australia international Mile Jedinak - a direct rival for a starting berth or a potential colleague in the Socceroos' midfield at the World Cup in Brazil next year - at Palace.

Elsewhere on Monday, Australian forward Nikita Rukavytsya joined compatriot Mathew Leckie at second tier German outfit FSV Frankfurt, moving on loan from Bundesliga side Mainz.

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