Aston Villa wingers Stewart Downing and Ashley Young have dropped hints that they want away from Villa Park, The Mirror reports.
Young is a target for either Liverpool or Manchester United and Downing is also a target for Kenny Dalglish’s side. 25-year-old Young said about the recent transfer rumours: ‘I’ve always said I’m going to talk to the chairman and the manager after this game (England’s Euro 2012 qualifier). As a kid, you always want to play in the biggest competitions. I am no different.’
Downing has revealed that he is desperately seeking Champions League football and Liverpool could be the favoured destination for the England winger. 26-year-old Downing said: ‘If you are in the type of competitions like the Champions League, you are used to winning’.
Young joined Aston Villa from Watford in January 2007 for £8 million and Downing joined on at Villa Park from Middlesbrough in 2009 for £10 million.
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Agger set for return.
Daniel Agger is desperate to return as quickly as possible from his injury and be better as before. The Liverpool Daily Post reports that the Denmark international has targeted a full recovery in time for the start of Liverpool’s pre-season training in July.
Agger missed the final six weeks of the season after sustaining a tendon injury against West Brom on the 2nd of April and is itching to return. The 26-year-old said: ‘The injury is coming along okay. I know I have a lot more to give to this club if I can keep fit. I am definitely confident I can come back stronger.’
Agger moved to Anfield from Danish side Brondby for £6 million in 2006 and his spell at the club has been blighted by extended spells on the sidelines with frustrating injuries for the defender.
Barnes urges Summer spending.
Liverpool legend John Barnes has told Sky Sports that Liverpool’s owners need to give manager Kenny Dalglish a sizeable amount of transfer money for the Reds to mount a serious title challenge.
Barnes believes that Liverpool are two or three players short of being a title contender year in and year out, so they can catch back up with bitter rivals Manchester United, who surpassed their 18 league titles with their 19th victory this season. The 47-year-old Barnes said: ‘They need investment because you can see the squad isn’t as strong as the top four, if you like. I’m hopeful that Kenny will be given the money to do that and if that happens, I feel they can mount a challenge for the title.’
Barnes himself spent ten years at Anfield from 1987 – 1997, scoring 84 goals for the Reds and twice winning Division 1 and the FA Cup in his tenure at Liverpool.