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Hammers close in on Liverpool winger

Stewart Downing inches closer to an Anfield exit

By | 12th August 2013
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29-year-old winger Stuart Downing is closing in on a switch to Premier League side West Ham, according to multiple reports including Sky Sports. The English international has struggled the last two seasons with Liverpool, and is looking to leave the Anfield side for greener pastures.

The Anfield club has reportedly agreed to a £5 million deal with West Ham, and Downing will likely join the club assuming he passes his medical on Monday. Downing, who joined the Anfield club from Aston Villa two summers ago for a £20 million fee, has been labeled surplus to requirements by manager Brendan Rodgers, and looks to join a Hammers side with more playing potential.

Downing has played in the Premier League his entire career except for one loan spell with Sunderland in the 2003/04 season, where the club was playing in the Championship. The 29-year-old started his career in 2002, breaking through to the Middlesborough first team after spending a season in the club’s youth system. After a one-year loan spell with the Black Cats, the attacker joined Premier League side Aston Villa in 2009 where he was effective, scoring nine times in 63 league appearances and eventually moving to Liverpool in 2011.

Liverpool has moved quite a few players around already this summer, losing no less than 12 players already via loans, players retiring, or sales, with Downing looking highly likely to become the 13th. Meanwhile, the club have only made four additions and could look to bring in a few more players as Brendan Rodgers said last week.

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