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Villa tell Downing he must submit transfer request to get Liverpool move

Aston Villa will not sell Stewart Downing without the midfielder making it clear he wants to leave.

The Mail on Sunday says Villa have told wantaway winger Stewart Downing he must hand in a transfer request to secure an £18million move to Liverpool.

Despite declaring his intention to try to keep the 26-year-old, new Villa boss Alex McLeish has now accepted it might be best to let him leave.

Villa fans would be left reeling by Downing's exit following the sale of winger Ashley Young to Manchester United.

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