Stewart Downing to complete West Ham move

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Stewart Downing is expected to complete a move to West Ham today after travelling to London to undergo a medical, according to reports.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Saturday, July 20, 2013: Liverpool's Stewart Downing in action against an Indonesia XI during a preseason friendly at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sky Sports report the fee will be £5million – meaning Liverpool have recouped over £20million on the sales of Downing and Andy Carroll to the London side this summer.

Downing’s departure will mean Liverpool have brought in more money than they have spent this summer; having spent £22.8m so far and recouped £27.25m with the Downing money added to sales of Carroll, Jonjo Shelvey and Jay Spearing.

Downing being allowed to leave will surely mean Liverpool have a replacement lined-up. Manager Brendan Rodgers is quoted in the Liverpool Daily Post explaining:

“I don’t think there is any doubt we need that [to add to the team].

“The players we have brought in have added great depth and support to the team, but that bit of quality now coming into the group could really set us up.”

He also spoke of the desire to sign “someone top left with pace and who can score goals.” Possibilities may include players linked earlier in the window, such as Christian Atsu and Thomas Ince.

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