Liverpool supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern have been left surprised with reports from The Telegraph today that the Reds have told Stewart Downing he can leave the club this summer for just £5 million.
The England international has been the the source of much mockery since his £18 million transfer from Aston Villa in 2011 after he struggled to adapt to life at Anfield.
However towards end of last season Downing demonstrated some positive signs, missing just one game for Brendan Rodgers’ Reds side after December recapturing some of his old form, reminiscent of his Middlesbrough days.
Despite this improvement the 29-year-old hasn’t featured in much of Liverpool’s pre-season and faces a battle to part of Rodgers’ new look line up ahead of the new season. The former Boro’ man has already reportedly turned down an £8 million move to West Ham United and instead could be keen for a switch to his native North East, having too appeared for Sunderland in a loan spell in 2003.
Newcastle have expressed an interest in the winger and director of football Joe Kinnear is hopeful that he can complete a deal to take Downing to St. James’ Park after earlier securing the loan signing of Loic Remy from QPR yesterday.
Losing Downing for a paltry figure would represent yet another loss for the Reds as the current owners try to rectify the mistakes of the past few seasons. Rodgers is eager to reduce the wage bill and defender Martin Skrtel could follow Downing out of the club with Napoli manager Rafael Benitez lining up a move for the Slovakian international defender.
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