After the sensational first deal being confirmed today with Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing will become the second player to make the move to Merseyside, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Downing has long been a target for Kenny Dalglish, with the Liverpool manager deciding between the Aston Villa star and teammate Ashley Young.
Downing is reported to be making the move for £10 million, and Dalglish will see the move as a good coup for the Merseyside club as the Henderson, which will take Liverpool’s spending to a possible collated £30 million so far.
Downing said this week that he was looking to make a move to a higher placed club than Villa, telling reporters: “You just want the best for your career.
“You want to finish with medals at the end of it so, if it’s a step up with Villa or with someone else, I’m ready for it.
“You watch teams in the Champions League and it makes you wish you were there.
“You sit at home and watch it, hear the music come on, you see the teams and you think ‘that’s where you want to be’.
“It’s the pinnacle. It’s the best. It’s the best standard with the best players. It would be nice to taste that one day.”
While Liverpool can’t offer Champions League football for the time being, their January signings of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, along with Dalglish being made permanent manager at the club, have made clear Liverpool’s intentions of challenging for trophies in the next 2-3 years.
The deal with Henderson was a clue into Dalglish’s transfer policy of going for younger, English players, and while Downing is 26-years-old, Dalglish reportedly feels he would fit in well with English teammates Steven Gerrard, Carroll and Henderson.
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