Stewart Downing Set for West Ham Switch
Stewart Downing was bought for £20mil from Aston Villa under former manager Kenny Dalglish and now, it would appear, he’s about to leave for London on a cut-rate £5mil deal with West Ham United his final destination.
The 29-year old winger once again appears to be surplus to requirements at Anfield as Brendan Rodgers looks to clear out the deadwood on Merseyside. Downing revealed last winter that he was told by Rodgers that he’d be able to leave Liverpool after failing to make the kind of impact that justified his particularly large wage packet; despite remaining with the Reds and regaining his spot in the first team, the former Middlesbrough man now looks poised to follow former striker Andy Carroll – another Dalglish expenditure — to London with the gigantic Geordie already making the switch to the big city after spending last season on loan at Upton Park.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, who has expressed interest in Downing before, had an earlier approach rebuffed by the winger. “It’s not something I am going to consider,” said the England international as he confirmed that he’d prefer to fight for his spot at Anfield – and hang on to the final two years of his £80,000-a-week contract. Now, it appears he may have changed his tune with reports coming in that he’ll be undergoing a medical post-haste after the two clubs agreed to a fee of £5mil for his services. Although the 29-year old will still need to discuss, and agree to, personal terms, it appears that another overpaid and underperforming player will be making an exit this summer; the only question that remains is what are we going to do with that money?
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The damage inflicted on Liverpool FC by Ming Kenny in his disasterous short lived return is astounding.
What a waste of money. Had KK bought in top South American/European players we wouldn’t be in this mess. I remember we had a chance to buy the likes of Negredo and Jackson Martinez for around 8mill, now they’re players worth in their 20 and 30mills. LFC has and is going backwards unless FSG break the bank and bring in some class starting with Eriksen etc. Hopefully this may also be a statement of intent to the cannibal!!
I always liked Downing. Good, reliable, unselfish player and true professional, but he was always going to get stick from the fans because he could never be able to justify the £20m price tag and £80k wages (not his fault).
Shame his wages are so high since he’s looked good in pre-season.
rodgers was wrong about Carroll
looks like hes about to do the double again
KK is a great player,a legend to me but was killing the club with these stupid transfer,every football fans know they don’t worth that much and these were just everage player and i still can’t figure out why he is paying so much for these few joker.