Following their unsuccessful £15m bid for Stewart Downing earlier in the week, Liverpool are preparing a second offer for the Aston Villa winger as they look to land their man.
Kenny Dalglish brought in Charlie Adam from Blackpool yesterday and now Downing is his No.1 target as he looks to bolster Liverpool’s midfield ahead of the new season.
The Reds offered £15m originally and they will up their bid to £18m this week in an attempt to convince Villa to sell the England international. The Villains are reported to be holding out for £20m though.
Much could depend on the player himself. He is expected to hold talks with Villa boss Alex McLeish about his future, by which time the second offer from Liverpool will probably be on the table.
If Downing makes it clear that he would like the move to Anfield, McLeish may have to abandon the hard stance Villa have taken on this deal so far and cash in on the former Middlesbrough man.
Should Liverpool make the deal happen, Downing will be the third midfielder Dalglish has signed this summer following Jordan Henderson’s arrival from Sunderland and Adam’s from Blackpool.
With £35m spent on Andy Carroll in January too, Dalglish is certainly putting his faith in British players. There should be more news on the Downing story by the weekend.
Elsewhere, things are really kicking off in the transfer market. Manchester United have had a £20m bid rejected for Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri, while fellow Gunner Gael Clichy has completed his move to Manchester City.
At Tottenham, Luka Modric has revealed that he will not be handing in a transfer request at the club despite interest from Chelsea and Manchester United for his signature.
Finally, John O’Shea and Wes Brown have both completed their moves to Sunderland from Manchester United.
Busy, busy, busy!