West Ham play down talk of Downing move

West Ham have played down talk that they are interested in taking Stewart Downing from Liverpool.

Hammers assistant boss Neil McDonald has admitted that he likes the Reds midfielder but claims that any talk of the Clarets placing a bid for the player are premature. Sky Sports are reporting McDonald saying of the rumours: “West Ham being involved with a player of that calibre would be great, but at the moment it is all paper talk.

Reports earlier in the week had hinted that the Upton Park outfit may be preparing a bid for the England winger, claiming that after completing the signing of Andy Carroll Sam Allardyce was in the market for wide men.

Downing signed for Liverpool from Aston Villa in 2011 for £20m, but has since struggled to hold down a first team spot at Anfield. The 28-year-old has made 53 appearances in the league since then, 12 of which coming as a substitute, scoring three times and claiming five assists. Downing has also gone on to make 34 appearances for his country but has yet to find the net.

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