The Hammers will raid Anfield again this summer for Downing.
Liverpool winger Stewart Downing is a target for West Ham, according to The Evening Standard.
The 28-year-old left-footer could be available for around £8 million and the Hammers are said to be prepared to meet that valuation.
Of course if the move were to happen, Downing would follow Andy Carroll down from Anfield to Upton Park with the striker signing for the Irons earlier in the transfer window.
Carroll and Downing cost Liverpool a combined fee of £55 million, but the club would not be expecting to recoup even half of that by selling the pair.
The move would arguably see the two biggest transfer flops of Liverpool’s recent history move to West Ham in the same summer.
However, the Hammers’ direct approach under Sam Allardyce would probably suit both players better than Brendan Rodger’s tika-taka Liverpool style.
The two England internationals were signed by Kenny Dalglish before Rodgers arrived at the club.
Carroll was shipped out on-loan last yearn and Downing was often used as an understudy to youngsters like Raheem Sterling and Suso and was even described by his manager as a ‘left-back’.
Downing and Carroll could well see the opportunity for first-team football as the perfect opportunity to impress England manager Roy Hodgson in the run-up to next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.