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Downing set for West Ham medical

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August 12, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Liverpool are set to cut their losses on Stewart Downing © PA Photos
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Stewart Downing is set to undergo a medical after West Ham agreed a fee of around £5 million to sign him from Liverpool.

Sam Allardyce has been pursuing an interest in Downing for much of the summer. Downing was cool on the idea of a move to Upton Park when Allardyce first made an approach last month, but sources say he appears to have acknowledged that his future first-team chances at Anfield will be limited.

And that will allow Allardyce to reunite Downing with former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who completed a permanent move to Upton Park - following a season's loan - on June 19, in a deal worth an initial £15.5m.

Downing's departure will see Liverpool make a significant financial loss on a player Kenny Dalglish signed from Aston Villa for £20m in the summer of 2011. Downing failed to score or provide an assist in the Premier League during his first season at Anfield.

He had a tough start to his second campaign after Rodgers replaced Dalglish as manager. The winger frequently found himself playing out of position at left-back, and also had his attitude questioned publicly by Rodgers in the early weeks of the season.

Downing was linked with a November loan move to Championship side Middlesbrough - his first club - and was told by Rodgers he was free to leave.

But the former Villa man responded with improved displays and won back a regular place on the wing over the second half of the campaign.

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