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Liverpool Fail With £15m Opening Offer for Aston Villa Winger Stewart Downing

Anfield side make bid for Villa Park wide man.

Liverpool have had a £15m bid for Stewart Downing rejected by Aston Villa, BBC Sport has learnt.

It is believed that Villa are holding out for an offer of about £20m for the 26-year-old England international.

The winger, who joined Villa from Middlesbrough for £12m in 2009, has stalled on contract talks and boss Alex McLeish appears willing to let him go.

Downing has also been linked with a move to Arsenal but Liverpool are the favourites to sign him.

SOURCE: BBC Sport

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has been linked with moves for a few prospective winger purchases but it appears that the Anfield manager has now followed up interest with a solid bid for England international Stewart Downing, a bid that the Villa Park side have elected to turn down.

26 year old Downing arrived at Aston Villa two years ago for a fee of around £12m and it seems that new boss Alex McLeish is reticent to lose the former Middlesbrough man, who was one of the few bright spots of last season.

Dalglish is keen to bring in natural wide options having had to use the likes of Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic, Maxi Rodriguez on the left and Dirk Kuyt on the right. Liverpool have also been strongly linked with interest in Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia.

It is not known whether Liverpool will make an increased offer for Downing who is now a regular in the England set-up but Aston Villa are sure to fight off interest given they have already lost the services of keeper Brad Friedel to Tottenham and Ashley Young to Man United this summer.

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