West Ham United winger Stuart Downing has revealed that Newcastle United were keen on signing him prior to his move to Upton Park.
Downing left Liverpool this summer after a difficult spell that saw him feature only 29 times in the Premier League last season, with many of these being substitute appearances.
He joins the Hammers alongside former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who like Downing, was widely frozen out of the team following the appointment of Brendan Rodgers from Swansea City.
But Downing admitted that a move to Newcastle United was always unlikely, due to their policy on transfer fees and wages, despite Alan Pardew's strong interest in his signature.
"There were things going on in the background and Newcastle enquired about me. But it sounds like their owners are similar to Liverpool on transfer fees and wages and the players age," he told the Daily Mirror.
And Downing also spoke of Sam Allardyce's strong interest in his signature when the Newcastle move fell through.
"It was a move I was interested in and I looked at it, but when I spoke to Sam Allardyce he wanted me straight away. He pushed the boat out to get me, and there's nothing more you want as a player."
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