Downing nears Liverpool switch
Stewart Downing is set to join Liverpool in a 19m GBP deal, according to reports. It is understood that the Aston Villa left winger could be at Anfield next year after Villa reportedly accepted a bumper offer for the England international.
The former Middlesbrough man has been influential since arriving at Villa Park, and despite new boss Alex McLeish insisting he would like the player to stay; there is a chance he will quit in favour of a move to the Reds.
"He is a top player," said McLeish. "He has got a couple of years left on his contract and it is very important that we hold on to Stewart. I want Stewart to stay. I saw his statement. I'll have a go at talking to Stewart and see what happens.
"The guys are on holiday at the moment. When they are back in England I will try and get a meeting with them. I don't know but it seems that Ashley is going to leave. I don't know if the Young one is a fait accompli but I'll certainly be looking to try and keep Stewart."
Aston Villa will reportedly make a move for Charles N'Zogbia if the move is pushed through.