Socccer-Downing joins West Ham from Liverpool (Reuters)

Aug 13 (Reuters) – Stewart Downing’s two-year spell at Liverpool is over, with the England winger signing a four-year contract at West Ham United, the Premier League clubs announced on Tuesday. The 29-year-old was signed from Aston Villa by then Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish for a reported fee of 20 million pounds ($30.96 million) in mid-2011, but despite making 29 league appearances last season was not central to manager Brendan Rodgers’ plans. “I’m very excited,” Downing told West Ham’s official website (www.whufc.com). …

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