Liverpool's proposed move for Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing has reportedly hit a snag, with the two clubs way apart in their valuation of the player.

According to The Mirror, the Reds are prepared to offer £10 million for the 26-year-old, but Villa are holding out for around double that amount.

Whether or not Liverpool decide investing £20 million in Downing represents good business remains to be seen, but the Anfield club are known to be keen on the England international.

Liverpool have focused their attention on Downing after losing out on his current teammate Ashley Young to Manchester United, while the former is supposedly holding out for a move to Anfield.

Downing has recently outlined his desire to compete in European competition and, although Liverpool won't be able to offer that next season, the former Middlesbrough man feels he is more likely to achieve that at Anfield than Villa Park.


The acquisition of more threatening wide options is known to be a transfer window priority for Liverpool, while Downing is thought to have been identified as an ideal man to provide ammunition for Andy Carroll.

Downing contributed nine assists last season and scored eight times, as he was named Villa's Player of the Year and their end of season awards.

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