Liverpool will need to bid £25 million to secure the services of winger Stewart Downing, according to reports.
The Aston Villa left midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from the Midlands outfit this summer, with Arsenal the latest club to join the race for the player after Sky Sports reported yesterday that the Gunners had made an enquiry over the England international.
However, sources close to Sky Sports claim that Downing would prefer a move to Liverpool over the Emirates, with an original offer of £15 million tabled by the Reds, and subsequently rejected by Randy Lerner.
Alex McLeish is keen to keep hold of the player after arriving at Villa Park back in June, and with Ashley Young already making an exit the Scot now believes it's imperative to keep the former Middlesbrough man within his ranks.
However, Kenny Dalglish has been courting the player for some time, and is known to be in the market for a player in the position.
The Metro claims Liverpool will have to up their offer to £25 million to secure the player's services though, with McLeish ready to play hardball over last year's Villa player of the season.
Charles N'Zogbia, Diego Perotti and Eden Hazard have all been linked with a move to Anfield, with Dalglish thought to have the financial backing of owners FSG.
Working alongside Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, the Scot has already brought Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson to Anfield in the transfer window, and the spending looks set to continue on Merseyside throughout the summer.