The Sun reports that Liverpool are preparing a shock Ã‚Â£10million bid to get MiddlesbroughÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 23 year old England international, Stewart Downing.
Rafa Benitez wants a left-sided midfielder following Harry KewellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s departure and has targeted BoroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s young star, Downing.
Since Fabio Capello took charge of EnglandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s National team, the Italian boss has stated that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been most impressed by the abilities of the Middlesbrough FC left winger.
But Gareth Southgate wants to keep him, especially as Downing was handed a new five-year deal just five months ago.
Boro want to build a team around Downing, and aim to have James Harper and French midfielder Didier Digard alongside him next term.
[Source: The Sun]
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