Stewart Downing

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  1. Albert's Chip Shop

    Albert's Chip Shop It’s off, we’re f**cked!
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    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/spor...liverpool-fc-off-load-stewart-downing-5654489

    Liverpool FC are prepared to off-load Stewart Downing at a massive loss with Newcastle United having been told they can sign him for a cut-price £5million.

    The winger's representatives have been contacted by the North East outfit to confirm their interest and find out whether he would be keen on a move to St James' Park.

    Downing, who cost the Reds £20million from Aston Villa two years, has asked for some time to consider his options.

    The 29-year-old had no intention of leaving Anfield after being reassured by Brendan Rodgers earlier in pre-season that he remained part of his plans.

    However, he now intends to hold talks over his future after learning of Liverpool's willingness to sell him on.

    Downing played in Liverpool's opening three friendlies against Preston, Indonesia and Melbourne Victory but has been an unused substitute in the past two games against Thailand and Olympiacos.

    Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas, Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe have all been selected ahead of him in the wide attacking roles.

    Downing, who was the subject of interest from West Ham last month, wants to stay put and fight for his place. However, if he's informed he's not going to feature then he will reluctantly agree to a transfer.

    Having battled so hard to establish himself as a first-team regular in the second half of last season, the England international doesn't want to go back to life warming the bench.

    Downing, who has two years left on his contract, was told by Rodgers last November he could leave in the January transfer window but responded by kick-starting his Anfield career and played a key role in Liverpool's revival.

    “I feel settled now,” he said recently. “The first year at Liverpool was difficult but once I established myself in the team last season I really enjoyed it.

    “That's why I don't want to leave. If you are playing with good players in a good team then you don't want to lose that.”

    Newcastle are signing Loic Remy on a season-long loan from QPR and hope to further boost their strikeforce with a deal for Aston Villa's Darren Bent. Toon boss Alan Pardew wants Downing to provide the service for them.

    Downing, who grew up in the North East and started his career at Middlesbrough, will be part of the Liverpool squad who fly to Norway today. Rodgers' side face Valerenga in Oslo tomorrow night.
     
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  2. DannyGooTree

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    Thought this could work but just realised he's 29...can't see it!
     
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  3. Albert's Chip Shop

    Albert's Chip Shop It’s off, we’re f**cked!
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    Forget 'over the line'... The reporter must have been snorting the line.
     
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  5. Brian Pinas

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    To be fair, for a fiver it wouldn't be bad business. As long as it's not all up front, and that his wages are consistent with the fee. And when he comes to discuss terms, he has to buy his own lunch.

    Seriously though, it might be an OK buy. He's probably got a bit more left in him than Jonas and can't rely on Marveaux to stay fit... And if he does well, we'll have pulled liverpuddle's pants down again over one of Kenny's crazy buys...
     
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  6. Skylarker

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    Please let this be true, other than the fact we (Liverpool) will take a huge loss, we need him off the wage bill. We've bought players in Downing's position and also have a couple of youngsters pushing hard for that place. Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas, Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe have all been selected ahead of him in the wide attacking roles, during pre-season.

    For the right club Downing has definitely got something to give - Are Newcastle that club? Must be worth a 5mil gamble, it's low risk as he's a PL player and when he's on his game he aint too shoddy.

    P.S. Well done on the Remy loan deal, nice bit of business - as we know he'll get you a hatful of goals <ok>
     
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  7. magicbus

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    Would rather we go for Sinclair or Ince who may cost a few mill more but can give us a few more years than Downing can.
     
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    Hope this is bs. Downing is the past, ince or sinclair are the future.
     
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  9. Albert's Chip Shop

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    I've never rated him
     
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    5 pound bid for Downing? Hope we can pull it off, would be a coup
     
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    A bit too inconsistent for my liking, but, for 5m could be worth a punt.

    If we to buy him, I would expect that he would play, unlike Sinclair, who would just do what Sinclair does best and sits on his a*** collecting his wages.

    Presumably Downing would be competing with Jonas.

    Ince is one I would be tempted with, but, he isn't going to be first choice and is more the future.
     
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  12. Albert's Chip Shop

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    I'd love to see Ince come to us.
     
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    Never, ever rated Downing. Don't want him here at all.
     
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  14. Keith Fit

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    Ince is coming, I have no doubt. For all he's a berk, David Craig said two players would 100% rock up on Tyneside. He's halfway there, as he already said Remy, and he said - with even more certainty - that Ince would be the other.
     
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  15. Warm Pouch

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    Decent player but not for me at 29. Ince would be a much better deal.
     
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  16. Hugh Briss

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    Downing is naturally left-footed and would be a decent player to have in the squad.

    I would buy him for £5m, but I can't see him wanting to come here - frankly, we're miles behind Liverpool in terms of quality play - why would he come?

    He wouldn't be guaranteed first-team football, so can't see this one taking off.
     
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    Downing at 29 for £5M smacks of Damien Duff for me and look at how that ended for us
     
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    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/spor...le-united-distance-themselves-stewart-5668714

    Newcastle United are understood to have distanced themselves from talk linking them with out of favour Liverpool winger Stewart Downing.

    Reports from out sister paper the Liverpool Echo correctly reported that the former Middlesbrough man has been offered to United and other Premier League clubs for a cut price £5million.

    However, the Chronicle understands that United have played down the approach as they concentrate bringing in another striker.

    United were continuing discussions to bring in Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon while talks are also still in progress the bring in Darren Bent.

    Gomis is thought to be the preferred choice but Bent could well be an option and is a player that Alan Pardew would love to bring to Newcastle after working with the England international at Charlton Athletic.

    With Newcastle already having Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yoan Gouffran and Hatem Ben Arfa able to operate on the left hand side, the offer of Downing is not thought to be something that is seriously being considered at this moment at St James' Park.

    Downing's wages of £80,000 per week would also prove to be a major stumbling block with his salary way above the average at United.
     
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  19. Seabass

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    I think he could be a good signing for someone but if I look at our squad I don't really see how he fits in with how we are going to play. No for me.
     
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  20. RobEllious

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    Narr, we don't even have a great header of the ball making one of his few abilties a dam sight more ineffectual. Think Sinclair or Ince fits the ethos we seem to be looking for, a pace that has been sorely missing in our team.
     
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