GUARDIAN – West Ham eager to sign Liverpool’s Stewart Downing for £6m

• Anfield club prepared to take loss on winger• Jay Spearing completes move to BoltonWest Ham United are close to agreeing a potential £6m deal with Liverpool for Stewart Downing but face a challenge to persuade the England international to leave Anfield for Upton Park.Downing gave short shrift to the idea of joining West Ham when they first made an approach last month. “It’s not something I am going to consider,” said the winger, whom Liverpool signed for £20m from Aston Villa two years ago.But Liverpool are now known to be prepared to take a massive loss on Downing, who has two years remaining on an £80,000-a-week contract, and that has encouraged West Ham to enter negotiations with Anfield officials. Newcastle United have also made tentative inquiries about taking the Middlesbrough-born player back to the north-east but have other transfer priorities at present.The Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing has completed a permanent transfer to Bolton Wanderers, where he enjoyed a successful loan spell last season.West Ham UnitedLiverpoolTransfer windowAndy Huntertheguardian.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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TTT: Symposium#14 – Who’s For Sale This Summer?

By Chris Rowland. I put ‘Who’s for ale this summer?’ at first. Subliminal. On to this week’s question, which was ‘which players would you look to sell in the summer, and how much money do you think they could bring in?’ Answers are below, starting with mine: Let’s start with the obvious – Andy Carroll. He has no part to play in a Rodgers team – unless it’s as an impact sub, according to the Daily Mirror. Can’t see why Carroll would find that alluring at the age of 24, unless he had no alternative. If he keeps scoring goals like the two against Albion, his value will increase towards something like the £17m sell-on fee allegedly agreed with West Ham. If they don’t take up the option and Newcastle are still interested then I’d take £15m. No point crying over spilt milk, as they say, we’re not going to recoup what we paid but then Chelsea paid that for us anyway. Martin Skrtel –  I’d take anything over £10m, and nothing below it. Then there’s Assaidi, Jay Spearing and Dani Pacheco – maybe £6m the lot. Maybe Coates, for £4-5m. Carra and Wilson will go for nowt, so we’re looking for at least two central defenders. We need more from Borini too, but maybe this summer would be too early to sell him when he’s hardly played (and that’s another thing …). Then we need to talk about Stewart. He’s improved, yes, and credit to him and Rodgers for that, but has he improved enough? Partly depends on who we buy in the summer too. If we got £8m for him I’d be OK with that. That’s about £35m without Downing, £43m with. Then I’d hope we had at least £20m net to spend, or £55-63m gross. By Martin McLaughlin: I would sell every player currently not being utilised and I’d gladly accept transfermarkt valuations ONO. Namely, Carroll (£10m – just bite the bullet), Spearing (£2.5m), Assaidi (£4.5m), Skrtel (£13m), Shelvey (£5m + sell on clause) and Coates (£4m + sell on clause). That’s £39m, more than enough to add to the transfer kitty and create head room in the wage bill. With 31(14) appearances in total, that is a lot of idle money making little tangible contribution. There are a few players that I would put in the ambiguous bracket, they could stay, or they could go next summer. I would put Downing, Enrique and Borini into this bracket. Downing is a £10m 20-game per season squad player, but selling him for £10m and replacing him with someone who will more than likely be the same or potentially worse is a distraction that can be left for another time. Jose Enrique is 27 and somehow valued at£12.5m on transfermarkt. When he’s good he’s very good, when he’s bad he’s horrific. Borini may not have played enough to assess his ability and he is only 22, but his almost annual injury layoff is starting to look concerning. By Krishen Bhautoo: Assaidi has made 12 appearances since his £4m transfer. Looked like a tricky winger who could add to our attack but isn’t fancied and therefore should go. His record in 2011/12 in Holland means his stock there should still be high so would look for £3m for him. Shelvey. With 5 goals (4 in Europa) and 4 assists in 33 games, he was Rodgers’ golden boy. Initially a starter, he now rarely gets a chance to put his shin pads on. There is talent there, but I’d loan him to a Prem club and hope he develops. At a push I’d take £5m for him. Flanagan is another who initially looked promising. With Ryan McLaughlin snapping at his heels he may drop down the pecking order another place. I’d bite your hand off for £1m. Dani Pacheco was loaned out by his loan club last season and hasn’t been fancied by four successive managers. I’d take £2m. Spearing has done well at Bolton (by most accounts). Good battler but not LFC quality. Like the guy and wished it worked out, but leaving (like Danny Guthrie) would be the best for him. £3m and he’s yours. Coates needs football. I’ve felt he has done well when he’s played (obviously some mistakes) but he has quality and you can see it, he just needs football. Loan to a Prem team or sell for £7m. He is a young Copa America winner. Carroll is the typical English forward. I’d want £15m for him (but that is only because of what we paid for him. Transfermarkt values him at £9.7m) but how many teams would pay that? Part of a swap deal with Newcastle could be interesting. Tiote? Cabaye? Ben Arfa? Santon? Skrtel is as good as gone (unless Rodgers goes first ;o)). £15m from Zenit is a figure I’ve heard a couple of times, but knowing we want rid, we may take a bit of a hit on him. I think he would be a very good player at the right club, so hopefully a bidding war will commence. If all goes to ‘plan’, that’s a possible £49m for players that don’t really figure for us. Add any transfer kitty and we could have a big summer, but I feel we still need a lot of players. The rest of this article is for subscribers only. Member-only content – you need to subscribe to read it ! A subscription costs only £3.50 per month. Find out what you get with your subscription, or Subscribe now.

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METRO – Charlie Adam completes £4m transfer from Liverpool to Stoke

Charlie Adam has completed his £4million move from Liverpool to Stoke after completing a medical. Liverpool’s Charlie Adam is set to join Stoke (Picture: PA) The 28-year-old midfielder only made the £8.5million move from Blackpool to Anfield last summer, but was not part of new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers’ plans at the club. The Scotland international follows Andy Carroll – who has joined West Ham on loan – as a flagship Kenny Dalglish signing who has lasted barely 12 months at Liverpool.Another, Stewart Downing, has reportedly been told he will have to play left-back to continue his Liverpool career. Also likely to leave the club is Jay Spearing, who is on the verge of a six-month move to Championship side Bolton.Stoke manager Tony Pulis said of Adam: ‘It’s no secret that we’ve been looking to bring more goals to the squad and Charlie is a fantastic signing in that respect.’ The outgoings at Liverpool could make space in the squad for the likes of Fulham’s Clint Dempsey and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, although the Reds are outsiders for both signings. Stoke are expected to be busy on the last day of the transfer window and hope free agent Michael Owen and Tom Huddlestone – on loan – will also join the club. Last season, Adam made 37 appearances, scoring two goals and contributing 11 assists. Check out our latest daily transfer gossip live blog

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