Stewart Downing appears all set to join West Ham United in a deal worth in the region of £6 million. All that remains is for Downing to pass a medical with the Hammers.
The England international played 65 times for Liverpool after joining from Aston Villa for £20 million in 2011. He never really settled in the squad or showed his best form and was told by Brendan Rodgers that he was surplus to requirements at Anfield last season. Not to be forced out, Downing vowed to and eventually did regain his place, but he has again been informed he is not required at Liverpool.
Ex-Middlesbrough man Downing was believed to favour a move back to his native North East, where Newcastle were showing a keen interest, but the move never materialised due to his wage demands. Those demands don’t appear to be an issue for the Hammers, where he has now agreed personal terms.
Downing, who has 34 caps for his country, joins up again with ex-Liverpool team mate Andy Carroll at The Boleyn Ground and will become Sam Allardyce’s fifth summer signing in what is looking like an exciting West Ham outfit.