Downing on verge of Liverpool switch

Aston Villa midfielder Stewart Downing looks set to snub late interest from Arsenal in favour of a move to Liverpool.

The Reds saw a £15million bid for the England international turned down last week, but are thought to have upped their game to around £18million.

Arsene Wenger is thought to have made a bid over the weekend to try to hijack Liverpoool’s move for the 26-year-old, as the Gunners could lose both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas this summer.

Sky Sports report tonight that a deal at Anfield for Downing could be done and dusted as early as tomorrow (Monday).

Downing may then fly out to meet his new teammates in China, where Liverpool have begun pre-season preparations.

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