It seems that Rafa’s advances for this England winger have not been made official as no bid appears to been made, but are Liverpool really interested?
Rafael Benitez was reportedly looking at the England international as a potential £12million summer recruit for his Anfield squad, but Middlesbrough boss Southgate insists he has had no bids for any of his players.
“We haven’t had offers for any of our players,” the Boro boss told the official club website. “The only interest we have had is in taking a couple of players who we have had loan enquiries for.
“Everybody that is here is contracted to us. If players stay or go is ultimately our decision and we have got to make the right decisions for the club. That’s the same as players coming in and players when they leave.” (fansfc.com)
Of all the names linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks, this one is possibly the one that makes the least sense. Downing can be fantastic on his day but, to be honest, he just doesn’t seem anywhere near good enough to be a regular at Liverpool. Personally I rate a move for fellow winger James Milner to be a better acquisition. Who do the fans think would be a wiser purchase?