GUARDIAN – West Ham hope to secure £5m Stewart Downing from Liverpool

• England winger told he can leave Anfield• Sam Allardyce must persuade 29-year-old to joinStewart Downing has stepped closer to a move to West Ham after a fee was reportedly agreed with Liverpool. The 29-year-old moved to Anfield from Aston Villa in July 2011 and has made 91 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals, for the Reds.The England international has struggled for a regular starting place in the first team, particularly in his favoured forward position, and Liverpool’s manager Brendan Rodgers has told the former Middlesbrough man he can leave.West Ham Sam now hope to complete a £5m deal although it may hinge on whether they can persuade Downing to join.West Ham UnitedLiverpoolTransfer windowtheguardian.com © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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METRO – Chelsea hold fire on manager Rafa Benitez after extraordinary post-match rant

Rafa Benitez has survived his post-match rant at Chelsea fans and owner Roman Abramovich – at least for now – after the club said this morning it was ‘business as usual’ at Stamford Bridge. Benitez stunned the press conference which followed last night’s 2-0 FA Cup win at Middlesbrough by slamming supporters who continue to

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