Liverpool have agreed a fee with Aston Villa to sign midfielder Stewart Downing. Downing will now arrive at Melwood to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical, BBC Sport reports.
The Reds have eyed Downing as their main transfer target this summer and Villa chairman Randy Lerner has accepted a £20m offer for the 26 year old. Liverpool had already had two separate bids of £15m and £18m turned down, but have finally got their target and he is their third midfield signing of the summer following the arrivals of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam.
Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner said: ‘We’ve reached an agreement with Liverpool following an improved offer received on Wednesday and the submission of a transfer request by Downing. We believe there are replacements available in the market who can strengthen our squad’.
The former Middlesbrough man could travel to the Far East to link up with his new teammates, as Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and his squad are in Malaysia on their pre-season tour.
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Jovanovic near Anderlecht move.
Serbian forward Milan Jovanovic is set to move back to Belgium and sign for Anderlecht, because his wife adores the city of Brussels, the Daily Mirror reports.
Jovanovic joined Liverpool last summer on a Bosman transfer from Standard Liege, but has only managed five Premier League starts. The 30 year old has met with Anderlecht officials in Qatar and is ready to leave Anfield, with French champions Lille also interested in his services.
‘My wife adores Brussels and is pushing me to return to Belgium, where I only have one offer. I’m still buzzing after my meeting with Anderlecht in Qatar. I was moved by the importance given to me by the Belgian sporting press over the past week. That made me think, because Belgium is my second country’, Jovanovic said.
The wages the Serbian picks up at Anfield could provide a stumbling block, as he is reported to be on nearly £100,000 a week with the Reds.
Poulsen exit close.
According to the Daily Mirror, Christian Poulsen will be offloaded by Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish to Danish club FC Copenhagen.
Poulsen has not been able to settle in Liverpool since his transfer from Juventus last summer and is now surplus to requirements under Reds boss Kenny Dalglish. The Danish international scored in Liverpool’s pre-season friendly win over Guangdong, but he will follow fellow flop Paul Konchesky out of Anfield after the left back exited to Championship side Leicester City earlier this week.
Copenhagen are prepared to offer £2.5m for the 31 year old and the deal could be arranged by the start of next week. If an offer is accepted, Poulsen will leave the squad in the Far East and travel to the Danish capital to sign personal terms and agree his medical.
Reds striker David N’Gog could also follow Poulsen out of the door at Anfield with several clubs interested in signing the young Frenchman. N’Gog was expected to join Sunderland as part of the Jordan Henderson transfer, but the deal fell through over personal terms.
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