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Liverpool Winger Rejects £8m West Ham Switch

Inconsistent wide man has endured an up-and-down career to date on Merseyside. 

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Midfield player Stewart Downing has told Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers that he does not want to move to West Ham United this summer and would rather stay at Anfield and fight for his place next season, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The England international had been the subject of an offer of £8 million from Hammers boss Sam Allardyce following the opening of the transfer window at the start of this month.

However, the 28-year-old has informed his manager that he has absolutely no interest whatsoever in joining the east Londoners just two years after first arriving on Merseyside from Aston Villa in a deal worth a whopping £20m.

Downing has endured a tough start to lief with the Reds though, having been told by Rodgers that he was surplus to requirements at the club after the Northern Irishman had replaced previous manager Kenny Dalglish in the Liverpool hot seat last summer.

But the player responded to that setback by fighting for his Reds future, and eventually forced his way back into the first team through sheer willpower, ending up having his best season for the club last time out as he registered an impressive five goals and nine assists in his 45 matches.

And now Downing is prepared to do the same again and prove Rodgers and Co wrong for a second time.


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