Thursday, 14th July, 2011

Liverpool are moving closer towards completing the signing of Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing.

The Reds announced late last night that they had agreed a fee for the England international after submitting an improved offer on Tuesday.

"Liverpool FC tonight announced they had agreed a fee with Aston Villa for the transfer of Stewart Downing.

"Liverpool have now been granted permission to discuss personal terms with the player and arrange a medical."

How much exactly Liverpool will pay to grab Downing remains unclear, with the club’s first bid of £15M rejected by Villa. An improved offer of £18.5M was submitted, but the Midlands side have consistently valued the 26-year-old at £20M.

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