Amid all the ridicule Liverpool received for the run of transfers that saw Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam all arrive at Anfield for inflated fees one factor was often forgotten, that these were all players that had impressed elsewhere.
Liverpool certainly overpaid, but these were not bad players, and in many ways they were unlucky to be burdened with the high price paid for them, as well as the changes in management at Anfield that saw Carroll in particular side-lined.
West Ham have already benefitted from Liverpool’s somewhat scattershot approach to transfers by signing Andy Carroll after having the England international on loan for a season, and they could raid Anfield again for Stewart Downing.
The 28-year-old was told he could leave last November by Brendan Rodgers, but fought his way back into the side to make 29 Premier League appearances. However Downing is likely to be allowed to leave this summer if the right bid comes in, and West Ham are reportedly front runners for the winger’s signature.
Despite his mixed fortunes at Anfield, Downing would be a fine signing for West Ham, with the winger perhaps ready to finally link up with Carroll in the manner that was expected at Liverpool.
Downing is a very adaptable player, proving so last season where he took the field in almost every flank position for Liverpool. Installed in on either wing, Downing would be able to provide a steady stream of chances for Carroll to feast upon, and with much to prove after his time at Liverpool, the 28-year-old would be an easy man for Sam Allardyce to motivate.
If West Ham could sign Downing for £5-8million it could prove to be an excellent piece of business, and the Hammers might well once again be the main beneficiaries of Liverpool’s wasteful approach to transfers in the past.
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