Report: West Ham set £8m asking price for Stewart Downing amid reported Newcastle interest

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West Ham will reportedly sell Stewart Downing this summer - if they receive £8m.

According to the Daily Mirror, West Ham are willing to entertain offers of around £8m for midfielder Stewart Downing this summer.

Downing, 30, enjoyed a productive season for West Ham with six goals in 37 games, but now faces the Upton Park exit after new manager Slaven Bilic brought in Marseille playmaker Dimitri Payet.

Frenchman Payet will be the undoubted first choice playmaker next season, meaning Downing could be forced out of the side - and he is attracting Premier League interest.

The Daily Star recently reported that both Newcastle and Sunderland are interested in signing the England international, with a battle potentially ensuing between the two North East rivals.

Now, the Daily Mirror report that West Ham would be willing to sell Downing this summer - if they receive an offer of £8m, having already rejected an offer of £6m from Sunderland.

Money well spent?

Downing played well for West Ham last season, flourishing as the central playmaker in a 4-3-1-2 system under ex-Hammers boss Sam Allardyce.

If either Sunderland or Newcastle have plans to play Downing in that role, then he could well be a good signing - but there are plenty of concerns.

Downing turns 31 later this month, and forking out £8m for a player of that age with little resale value should be of great concern, especially for Newcastle, who need to be signing young, hungry players, rather than paying so much for a player who could be in decline soon.

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