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Villa eager to do early business over Liverpool target Downing

Aston Villa want an early sale for Stewart Downing.

The Express & Star says the 26-year-old winger has two years left on his contract and, although new manager Alex McLeish has expressed a desire to keep the England international, he will not stand in his way if he wants to move to Liverpool.

Villa will hold out for a fee in the region of £19million, although Reds boss Kenny Dalglish may be forced to sell before he can complete the deal for a player he had watched on a number of occasions last season.

The club are eager to resolve Downing's situation sooner rather than later and, as the player has done a U-turn on his decision to sign a new contract, it appears his heart is set on a move elsewhere.

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