Date:14th July 2011 at 8:17am
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Liverpool’s summer transfer plans seem to be shaping up nicely, Aston Villa have agreed to sell Stewart Downing to Liverpool for a reported £20million. It is thought that Liverpool will pay an initial £18.5million down-payment, with the fee rising after add-ons.

Kenny Dalglish has been trying very hard to get Downing to join Liverpool this summer as he searches for a player who can offer natural width to the side.

Villa’s chief executive Paul Faulkner said: “I can confirm that we have reached an agreement with Liverpool following an improved offer received earlier today and the submission of a formal transfer request by Stewart Downing, and have given them permission to speak with the player.”

Whilst Liverpool confirmed this news by saying, “Liverpool FC tonight announced they had agreed a fee with Aston Villa for the transfer of Stewart Downing.

Liverpool have now been granted permission to discuss personal terms with the player and arrange a medical.”

Downing is expected to arrive at Melwood today (Thursday) to undergo his medical and discuss personal terms. Both processes seem to be a formality now and Downing could be a Liverpool player by end of the day.