Liverpool have reportedly approached Aston Villa with a view to signing winger Stewart Downing.
The England international left winger has been in fine form for the Midlands outfit despite their Barclays Premier League struggles, and new Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish appears to have made his first transfer move, according to SkySports.
Speculation began to service with regards to the interest of Liverpool yesterday, with the Sunday Express claiming that the Reds were preparing a £10 million offer.
Fellow Villain Ashley Young was originally thought to be the preferred player target at Anfield, particularly under Roy Hodgson. However, the former Middlesbrough man's consistency has led to a rise in stock over previous months.
Sunderland are also reported to have made an enquiry in the current transfer window, although former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is thought to have fended off the interest from the north East. He stated last month he was keen to keep Downing at the club.
Liverpool have money to spend after new owners NESV pledged a transfer war chest in the region of £35 million, and whilst an attacking foil for Fernando Torres was thought to be the club's priority, it appears the move has been made for a left sided midfielder.
The Liverpool deal could also coincide with Villa signing Darren Bent in a reported £18 million deal, and the cash generated from the sale of Downing would be used instantly to fund the big-money move for the Black Cats striker.
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