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Reds agree fee for Downing

The Reds have been chasing the tricky wideman for some time, with bids of £12.5million and £15million having been knocked back.

Arsenal then entered the race, with it understood that Arsene Wenger tabled a big-money offer for the former Middlesbrough man.

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£20m for Downing?!
You've got to be shitting me.

freeduck4100d ago

Truth is, we will never know what the actual fee will be it's all speculation.
I remember when we bought Henderson, the media said it was around 16 million. When Damien Comolli was interviewed after transfer, he said he read all the media reports and the figures were not correct

20 million is high, but again only the clubs know what the agreed price was. Kenny sees something in this fellow, and he doesn't buy garbage players


Downing is a good player but there seems to be some ridiculous price tags on alot of English footballers.
Know wonder foreign teams are hardly ever after English players.

freeduck4100d ago

Agree there is a premium for English players nowadays.
When Rafa arrived he brought in a flux of Spanish-speaking players, and now since most of them have left the club Kenny is bringing in young British talent.

Sahil4100d ago (Edited 4100d ago )

Well.. theres no doubt the fee is high but he was their best player last year and they have already lost their other star player in young. Its their right to hold out 4 a big fee.

All that said i think downing is a very good player who will hit the ground running and help liverpool push for the top 4. Hes an out and out winger which is what we need. I think he'll fit in well and im pretty impressed with our midfield options now including aquilani too. Strength in depth is what we need 2 succeed.

freeduck4100d ago

Some stats for the curious

Opta Sports
56% - Downing, Adam & Henderson created 239 chances in the PL last season, equivalent to 56% of Liverpool's 2010-11 total (429).

421 - Since Aug 2004, only 4 players (Lampard, Fabregas, Gerrard & Giggs) have created more PL chances than Stewart Downing.

zootang4100d ago

Chances mean nothing, it's all about assists.

kulka4100d ago

He is a good player but worth no where near 20 milion why not sign Hazard or Mata for the same price ?

Sahil4100d ago (Edited 4100d ago )

Well.. it depends on Kenny, maybe he's pressing towards english players this summer, the fees is a bit high.. but it doesn't matter as downing as proved himself in the EPL, so i don't think it is a bad/average buy. That's what we need this year, to make it to the top4.