Liverpool discuss terms ahead of £20m switch

Aston Villa’s Stewart Downing may be on his way to Anfield, as it has been revealed that his club have accepted a £20 million offer from Liverpool.

The Reds have been chasing the England winger for the bulk of the summer, and having had £12.5 million and £15 million bids rejected, met the Birmingham outfit’s valuation of the former Middlesbrough man, and can now look to wrap up a deal.

“Liverpool FC can tonight announce they have agreed a fee with Aston Villa for the transfer of Stewart Downing. Liverpool have now been granted permission to discuss personal terms with the player and arrange a medical,” a statement on the Merseyside team’s official website read.

Rumours in the press had linked Arsenal with an approach for the 26-year-old, but the player is thought to have his heart set on a switch to Kenny Dalglish’s side. If he does move north, he will join homegrown talents Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson as new additions to the squad.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail indicates that Villa will make a £9 million bid for Wigan’s France international Charles N’Zogbia as a potential replacement for the outgoing speedster.