West Ham United are set to do Liverpool a second transfer favour this summer amid reports the club are interested in signing Stewart Downing.
According to the Guardian, the Hammers are keen to reunite the former Middlesbrough winger with his former team-mate at Anfield, Andy Carroll.
England star Carroll finally agreed to join West Ham in a £15.5 million deal last month and now Sam Allardyce is set to return to make an offer for Downing.
Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to the offload the 28 year old from the wage bill and is ready to accept just £8 million for the man signed for £20 million just two seasons ago from Aston Villa.
Downing, who has two years left on his contract, has failed to make an impact since moving to Merseyside scoring 7 goals and managing just 11 assists in 91 games.
That has led to speculation that Downing’s days at Anfield are numbered and West Ham are hopeful that Rodgers will cut his losses and accept a bid closer to £4 million
With Carlton Cole severing ties with the London side this summer Allardyce is on the look-out for experienced attacking options hence the move for Downing.
The club are also interested in West Bromwich midfielder Graham Dorrans.
The Scottish International has been told he can leave the Hawthorns this summer with Cardiff also keeping tabs on the 26 year old.
Dorrans impressed on his early days in the Premier League but fell out of favour last season making just 23 starts. West Ham failed in a bid to sign the Scottish International during the January transfer window but their bid failed.
Allardyce is now set to return with an improved offer for Dorrans who he sees as a potential replacement for reported Everton target Mohamed Diame.
Arsenal are also keen on Diame although despite their interest in Dorrans West Ham are ready to deter any bids with the offer of a new long-term contract.
Meanwhile West Ham are trying to fend off reported interest off interest from Newcastle in James Tomkins. Alan Pardew and his new director of football Joe Kinnear are keen on the 24 year-old but they will have to stump up £6million if they want to land the centre back.
Negotiations are believed to be ongoing although West Ham owner David Sullivan is remaining steadfast in his valuation of the player.