Thursday, May 23, 2013

Liverpool Won't Loan Stewart Downing To Fulham

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing is a loan target for Fulham.

But Cottagers boss Martin Jol is set to be frustrated, as the Reds want a transfer fee to part with the 28-year-old.

England international Downing, bought from Aston Villa for £20m two years ago, is among a number of players in the Anfield giants' squad available at the right price this summer.

Also under threat are midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and defender Sebastian Coates.

Uruguayan centre-half Coates, signed for £7m two years ago, has made just 17 starts since – virtually all of them in the cups.

However, manager Brendan Rodgers, who has also lost defensive stalwart Jamie Carragher to retirement, won’t let the 22-year-old go until he has brought in at least two defenders.

He is targeting free agent Kolo Toure, formerly of Manchester City and Arsenal, Schalke’s Greece international Kyriakos Papadopoulos and youngster Tiago Ilori of Sporting Lisbon.

He said: “Seb has been a great support player for the group. Obviously his chances have been very limited. That’s unfortunately how it is ­sometimes as a defender.

“We will sit down when he comes back for pre-season and take it from there. We have to see what the summer brings.”

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