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Aston Villa run eye over Liverpool FC’s Downing

Ct-downingAston Villa manager Paul Lambert is said to be mulling a £6 million bid for Liverpool’s Stewart Downing, as the club seeks to add experience to a talented but young team.

Villa were almost relegated last season and the manager is determined to bring in an older head to help both on the playing side and in the dressing room.

Lambert has a number of possibilities including another former Villa player Gareth Barry who is currently in contract extension talks with Manchester City.

Since leaving Villa for Liverpool for £20 million, Downing, 29, has had a wretched time and although Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has not given up on the player, club sources suggest that if the right bid came along he would be allowed to leave. Downing himself is keen to stay and fight for his place.

The biggest stumbling block to any move would be the player’s £70,000 a-week wages, though a low transfer fee could mitigate that.

 

 

Posted 12:24 PM Wednesday June 26, 2013. Filed under Liverpool FC. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response to this entry. Pinging is currently not allowed.

17 Responses to Aston Villa run eye over Liverpool FC’s Downing

  1. Bill Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    They would have to cough up at least £10M take him back. and they would still have made £10M on the deal.

    • AVFCDublin Reply

      June 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Anyone paying ten million for Downing would need their head examining! Liverpool will shift him for about £3 million to Hull/Cardiff etc.

  2. darren probert (@dazzavilla) Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    No thanks!!!! not even for free!!!!! … UTV

  3. maljames Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    You have no idea what they would have to cough up. That will be decided by what Liverpool can get for him. He was vastly over-inflated at £20m, thanks to the unbelievable incompetence of Dalglish and Comolli. He wasn’t worth much more than £10m when Liverpool bought him. Now? At £10m there wouldn’t be a queue of clubs for him

  4. Son Lyme Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Slow news day? Stewart Downing is nowhere near the profile of player that Lambert is seeking to bring to Villa Park. It would have to be indeed a cold day in hell before Villa went down this route again. We tried it – it brought only failure and financial turmoil. Stewie is yours – and you are welcome to him.

  5. John Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    10m Bill ? Your having a laugh, He wasn’t worth 20m when we sold you him, The only reason he was sold for 20m because you were stupid enough to pay it and we knew he wasn’t worth that amount.

    6m sounds fair after the horror show he has had at Liverpool, You also need to think he will not have any sell on value when purchased. To be honest I don’t know many Aston Villa fans that want him back, Plus we are not short on attacking options on the wing.

  6. John Garghan Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    No thank you, the way way he left us I take great delight in watching his failures, theres enough of them. hope he rots in the reserves

  7. krfeskivilla Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Always liked Downing as a player at Villa, but was disgusted at the way he engineered a move away after previously stating how grateful he was to the club. He is not what AVFC want or need ATM. Gareth Barry is a totally different kettle of fish, and I would have him back like a shot (or Milner or Young for that matter)..but DJ Downing?..No thanks

  8. Chris Lister Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    ha ha april fools? oh sorry wrong month but still funny. #asifwewouldwantthejudas

  9. Mike B Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Joke article? “Soft” Stewie Downing is neither wanted nor required at Villa Park. If he had been playing for Villa last season, they would most likely have ended up actually getting relegated.

  10. pfj1957 Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Downing would be as welcome back at Villa Park as MRSA in a hospital ward. Bought him with a broken-leg, rehabilitated him, stood by him and then he leaves at the first opportunity – no thanks.

  11. AVFCDublin Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    If a club offers you £20 million for a player like Downing you simply have to sell and I applaud Villa for catching Liverpool with their trousers down.

    As for Villa taking the likes of Downing back? No chance. For a start he’s not good enough for this new young side and, apart from that, he would represent poor value for money at any price. Villa fans wanting the likes of Young or Barry back should realize that neither fit into Lambert’s way of doing things – and neither are good enough or hungry enough any more. Time moves on and it’s time some Villa fans realized that. Sentimentality won’t win trophies.

  12. zamarano Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    To be fair to liverpool at the time of purchase downing had the most chances created in the league that season and numerous assists and double figures for goals. i agree he wasn’t worth the 20m but 15m would have been a justified bid,english players are over priced anyway, if you look at carrol, henderson, milner etcthen downing just is a normal transfer .. oh and its always liverfools that buy them. utv

  13. Billy Bob Boon Pants Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Hmm. One of the least accurate stories I’ve read in a while.

  14. kopthat Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Run a car over him more like!!!

  15. Bee Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Wtf Liverpool stil owe us about ten mil for him the cheap c***ts we will hav him bak an give us 7 mil wif him an I might av him bak

  16. Axl Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Downing was phenomenal for Villa.

    I’d have him back in a moment. Well with one small caveat… provided he desperately wanted to join the Villa again. You see, for all the talent available what this Aston Villa team is built around is hunger.

    I hope Downing fights to join the Villa.

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