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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.

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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