FORMER Sunderland winger Stewart Downing is on the verge of leaving Liverpool after holding talks with West Ham over the weekend.
Downing was thought to be a target for Newcastle, but is now due to undergo a medical ahead of a move to Upton Park for a fee in the region of £6million.
The ex-Middlesbrough man, who enjoyed a loan spell at Sunderland almost a decade ago, moved to Anfield from Aston Villa in 2011, with then Reds boss Kenny Dalglish paying out £20m for the England international.
But Downing struggled to hold down a place in the Liverpool starting XI under both Dalglish and his successor Brendan Rodgers, who is now willing to let the midfielder leave for a fraction of the price they paid for him.
Although Downing was believed to favour a move back to his native North East with the Magpies, wages were rumoured to be a stumbling block and he now looks set to link up with his former Liverpool team-mate Andy Carroll at Upton Park.
He will be Sam Allardyce’s fifth signing of the summer, alongside Carroll, Adrian, Rasvan Rat, and Danny Whitehead.