Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Downing Completes His Move To The Hammers

Liverpool has cashed in £6m for England winger Stewart Downing after paying £20m for him only two seasons ago.

The 29-year-old joins West Ham on a 4-year-deal and will rekindle with former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.

The left winger, who began his career at Middlesbrough before joining Aston Villa failed to live up to expectations at Liverpool and was highly criticized by the high price-tag that Kenny Dalglish paid for him.

He made 65 appearances for The Reds with the most notable coming in the League Cup Final and was the first player in seven years to miss three consecutive penalties in the Premier League.

But for Downing, he is ready for a fresh start in London. He told West Ham's official website: "I'm very excited. It's a great opportunity for me being here, it's a great club and I'm really excited to get going.

"I'm ready and I'm fit for the first game against Cardiff City. I've played a decent few games for Liverpool in pre-season, so there will be no problems on that front.

"It's all happened quickly, but I'm really excited and hoping to play a part on Saturday."

Downing has featured for England 34 times but has fallen down the pecking order in Roy Hodgson’s selections. With his move to London searching for regular, first team football, he will be hoping he can be part of the England set-up in next year’s World Cup.

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