Newcastle boss dismisses Downing reports

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has rubbished reports suggesting his side were poised to sign Liverpool outcast Stewart Downing.

The Magpies boss insists no enquiry has been made for the Anfield winger, after reports claimed Newcastle had lodged a £5m bid for the former-Aston Villa man.

Speaking to reporters, and quoted by, Pardew admitted Downing is a player he likes but not one he is actively pursuing at this stage.

"I'm a little bit surprised because there was no enquiry from us," said Pardew.

"We certainly haven't made any moves toward Stewart. He's a fine player and a Liverpool player."

Downing, who moved to Liverpool from Aston Villa for £20m, has failed to settle on Merseyside and isn't expected to feature as a first-team regular under Brendan Rodgers next season.

He scored three goals and provided five assists across 29 Premier League appearances for the Anfield club last term, but was often drafted in as cover for first-choice Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique.

Rodgers has strengthened his attacking options, signing Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto from La Liga, to augment Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Danny Sturridge in his Reds squad.

Downing faces a battle then, for a starting place in the Liverpool eleven.

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