Aston Villa are preparing themselves for Stewart Downing’s written transfer request as the winger continues to manufacture a move to Liverpool, the Daily
The former Middlesbrough man still has two years left on his contract which is Alex McLeish’s only bargaining tool, so expect the Villains to play hardball by slapping a valuation of around £20m on the 26-year-old’s head.
The Villa board have told McLeish he can re-invest anything earn’t from Downing’s sale as they also attempt to ease the blow of Ashley Young’s recent departure to Manchester United.
Scroll down for rest of article
The Scot, who is still settling in after his much-maligned move across the second city, is thought to be interested in Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia but maybe more importantly he also wants Birmingham’s goalkeeper Ben Foster.