Date: 8th July 2011 at 8:20am
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After Aston Villa said Stewart Downing was not for sale, it left one option really for Liverpool to get their man; Downing had to hand in a transfer request. That is never the best way to get a player to join your club but if push comes to shove, then that is what has to happen.

And according to The Mirror, they believe that Downing is going to tell his Aston Villa bosses today (Friday) that he wants to leave the club and join Liverpool.

Downing returns to Aston Villa’s pre-season training and if he really wants to leave he has to tell them today so that a deal can be thrashed out between the two clubs before Liverpool jet off to the Far East on Sunday. It would be ideal for Downing to be part of that trip if he does sign for Liverpool.

Having had a reported £15million offer for Downing rejected, I am sure a deal around that fee can be reached if the player hands in a transfer request, or better yet we give Villa one of our dead wood players as part of the deal to lower the fee.