Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli consider moves to bring Villa Park and DW Stadium wide men to Anfield.
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LIVERPOOL are trying to tempt Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier to part with England winger Stewart Downing.
New Kop manager Kenny Dalglish believes Downing, 26, would give his side much-needed width and pace.
Dalglish’s predecessor, Roy Hodgson, had also been eyeing Villa’s Ashley Young, 25, but it’s Downing who is on a shortlist of possible Kop signings during the transfer window.
Liverpool believe Downing would come cheaper than his Villa Park team-mate at around £10 million.
Also on Liverpool’s radar is Wigan’s enigmatic Charles N’Zogbia, but it’s believed that manager Roberto Martinez is holding out for around £15million. (Sunday Express)
Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli will be discussing at length when they feel Liverpool need in order to improve the Anfield squad as the Merseyside club tries to force their way back up the Premier League table. It appears that high up on the list of priority is the signing of a quality winger or two to add more natural width to a side that looks predictable and stifled on the attack.
Gerard Houllier will surely not be looking to sell either Aston Villa wingers Ashley Young or Stewart Downing, even if it was to his former club who he appears to still have a great deal of time and admiration for. The Villa Park boss is under fire after a very poor run of form and whilst the Frenchman is looking to freshen things up at the club and a number of players have been earmarked as exit bound, neither of the two England internationals are likely to be made available.
That said both players may be tempted by a move to Liverpool and if either expresses their desire to leave then perhaps things could become problematic for Villa. The good form shown by former Middlesbrough man Downing has been one of the few bright spots the club have experienced in what has been a very troubling season.
Ashley Young has consistently been linked with a move and is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal and come the summer the 25 year old will only have a year left on his current contract. The likes of Tottenham and Man United have been linked with interest in the former Watford man who may be looking for a new challenge.
Charles N’Zogbia has been close to a move away from the DW Stadium before and was set to move to Birmingham City in the summer until the French international’s wage demands put an end to any interest. The former Newcastle United man has repeatedly been linked with moves to a big club but as yet this has yet to materialise and a move to Liverpool would be something of a surprise.
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