West Ham signing Downing: Rodgers said he wanted to keep me, then I was sold!

West Ham United winger Stewart Downing is surprised how quickly Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers took to offload him this week.

West Ham United winger Stewart Downing is surprised how quickly Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers took to offload him this week.

The Mirror says Downing has actually taken a pay-cut to join the Hammers and was desperate to get regular first-team football after signing a four-year deal.

“I spoke to the manager and he said he wanted me to stay. So I’m disappointed that one minute I was staying and the next minute I’m gone," said Downing.

“It was a surprise because it happened so quick. One minute I was in the starting XI for Liverpool, and the next I was on my way to London.

“I was playing in the team and playing regularly and that’s why I was surprised to be told that a fee had been accepted. It is normally when you are not playing, or you are not in the squad is why you leave.”

 
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