Liverpool transfers: West Ham play down Stewart Downing link
Liverpool transfers: West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald rubbishes Stewart Downing speculation
Neil McDonald has played down reports linking West Ham United with a move for Liverpool midfielder Stewart Downing.
The Hammers were reported to be weighing up a bid for the England international who has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in the Reds side since a £20m move to Anfield.
While McDonald admitted Downing would be a great signing for the east London side, Sam Allardyce’s assistant manager is adamant the Hammers have not launched a bid.
“He’s a very good player,” McDonald told talkSPORT. “A player of that calibre and West Ham being involved would be great, but it’s all paper talk at the moment.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Downing insisted he was relishing the increased competition for places after Brendan Rodgers snapped up fowards Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto in June.
“At every club, you need at least two or three players in every position to keep people on their toes, but especially at a club like this,” Downing told Liverpool’s website.
“We’re fighting on many fronts – cup competitions and the league – so you have to be strong in every department. But competition brings the best out of players, and hopefully it will in me.
“My targets will be similar to when I got back into the team [last season] – enjoy it, work hard and play some good football like we did at the end of last season.
“If we play like that again as a team, we’ve got a real chance [of success]. For me personally, I’ve just got to keep going.”