There’s news tonight that Newcastle have been offered former Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing for just £5M, and that’s after Downing signed on at Liverpool a short two years ago for £20M from Aston Villa.
Stewart Downing on offer at £5M
And that was yet another poor signing that Liverpool made, just six months after they paid out a massive £35M to take striker Andy Carroll from Newcastle, whom they finally sold to West Ham this summer for £17M.
And ever since Brendan Rodgers arrived at Liverpool two years ago, certain players seem to have had little future at the club and Carroll was one of them, and Downing has also been struggling under the former Reading and Swansea manager.
The 29 year-old is a little old for players Mike Ashley likes to bring to the club, but £5M seems a decent price for a player who has undoubted skills, and was hardly given much of a chance by Rodgers, who told him a few times over the last couple of years that he could leave the club.
West Ham were after Stewart last month and the player had this to say at that time:
“It’s not something I am going to consider.” “I think there have been a couple of rumors going around and maybe that’s because I was told last season I could leave.”
“If I’m not in the team and not playing that is a discussion we will have to have then but at the minute I have absolutely no reason to leave.” “But I have spoken to the manager and he’s told me that he’s happy for me to stay.”
Stewart was born in Middlesbrough, so he may want to return to the north-east and Newcastle, but it depends on whether owner Mike Ashley wants to spend £5M on a 29 year-old.
Newcastle could pay another £3M for a young up-and-coming player like Blackpool’s Tom Ince – who would be a much better financial deal for the club, since his value would very likely increase over time.
And it’s very likely that Downing is on high wages at Liverpool, and Tom Ince’s wages wouldn’t be anywhere near those of Downing, and as we keep hearing – Newcastle want hungry players on Tyneside, who have to prove themselves.
So because of the distinct possibility of being able to get Tom Ince on Tyneside this month, we wonder whether paying out £5M for Downing would be a good deal?
For the record Downing played 91 times for Liverpool with seven goals, and he has 34 full England caps.
What do you think?
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