Lots of reports coming out of Liverpool that Stewart Downing has been told he can leave the club in January.
Downing is not part of manager Brendan Rodgers’ first-team plans, and the boss wants to get the £70,000-a-week winger off the wage bill to free up some cash for new signings.
Liverpool will have to accept a huge loss on the £20 million they shelled out to Aston Villa for Downing just 16 months ago because of the nightmare time he’s had at Anfield.
They will either have to sell the England international for a knockdown fee or farm him out on loan, as they have in sending Andy Carroll to West Ham for the season.
Rodgers is prepared to accept that though, because Downing was not his purchase.
The 28-year-old has been a disappointment since Kenny Dalglish signed him in July 2011 and has not managed a single Premier League goal in 40 appearances.
Rodgers has handed him just one start in the league this season, preferring to use teenager Sterling.
The Northern Irishman has used the former Middlesbrough star mainly in the Europa League, and even then Downing’s been played as a left-back.