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West Ham winger Downing: Newcastle tried for me

West Ham United winger Stewart Downing has revealed Newcastle United made an attempt for him this summer.

Downing featured for the Hammers in Saturday's stalemate at St James' Park.

Downing said: "Newcastle enquired about me, but it sounds like their owners are similar to Liverpool on transfer fees and wages, the player's age. That all comes into it and I think that was obviously a problem for Alan Pardew.

"It was one I was interested in and I looked at, but when I spoke to Sam he wanted me straight away and pushed the boat out to get me and there's nothing more you want as a player."

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