Date: 11th July 2011 at 10:00pm
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Liverpool’s chase on Stewart Downing has taken a new twist today with reports suggesting that Aston Villa are demanding £25million for the England winger. When I heard this, I could not help but laugh.

Villa obviously think that Liverpool are a bunch of fools and we will spend obscene amounts of money on players just because we have spent a lot on Carroll and Henderson. I think clubs are getting the impression that Liverpool have very deep pockets and they can charge whatever they want. I firmly believe that Liverpool will not pay £25million especially since our £15million bid for him was rejected.

If Aston Villa said they want £17million for Downing that would be understandable but not £25million! Aston Villa are just chancing it here. They know we are after a winger and that Downing is one of our key targets. The fact that he still has two years left on his contract is what they could also be using to up his price whereas Ashley Young only had one year left on his Aston Villa deal before they sold him to Manchester United.

Liverpool should rather focus their attention on another winger such as Charles N’Zogbia, Adam Johnson or Michel Bastos than spend that amount on Downing. What do you think?