According to Foxsports.com, Liverpool look set to renew their interest in Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing after Espanyol demanded Ã‚Â£16 million for Albert Riera.
Having seemingly failed to buy Gareth Barry from Aston Villa, the Reds were hoping to buy Riera for around a alleged Ã‚Â£9 million, but the Spanish club has reportedly invoked a Ã‚Â£16 million release clause for the winger.
Riera’s agent, Magico Diaz, told the Liverpool Echo: “Liverpool want Riera but are reluctant to meet Espanyol’s demands.”
That means that Liverpool is instead likely to turn back to the 24-year old English international, who could be available for a more realistic Ã‚Â£12 million.
Downing is now Middlesbrough’s longest serving player after the departure of Mark Schwarzer this summer to Fulham and is naturally a left sided player.
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