We'd like to say that the Stewart Downing to Newcastle transfer rumour has divided opinion, but most LFC fans are on one side of the fence.
The Liverpool Echo and the Times both reported that the Geordies had tabled a £5M opening bid for the player.
Here are a selection of what the fans and the hacks have been saying:
@anfieldonline Sell. Expensive disappointment. Only showed glimpses in 2 seasons. Better players out there on cheaper wages.
— Javed Chowdry (@JavChowdry) 6 August 2013
@anfieldonline sell, save on wages, never had enough assists and Ibe looks a fantastic prospect, he isn't in what I think is our best 11
— Der Liverpöhler (@Ryan_C_E) 6 August 2013
@anfieldonline Think squad big/good enough to cope without his big wages. Should we use as bait to get Ben Arfa or Cabaye from Newcastle?
— Jonathan Todd (@Jonathan_Todd) 6 August 2013
But there were some voices thinking we should keep hold of him.
@anfieldonline He is not good enough but he is a usefull squad player and i would keep him for his experience there is a long season ahead!
— Robert Bewley (@RobertBewley1) 6 August 2013
— Silver Surfer (@toyoblo) 6 August 2013
@anfieldonline keep him he’s worth 10 still had an ok season last year
— Matt Robinson (@matt181matt) 6 August 2013
@anfieldonline he really wasnt that bad last season was he but it's cool to slate him so people forget that. I thought he was decent!
— Lord Vincent (@vincentbrownlow) 6 August 2013
Meanwhile, two journalists dampened down the possibilty of a move to Newcastle
No doubt Liverpol want to sell Stewart Downing this summer. But I would be very surprised if he ends up at Newcastle.
— Ben Smith (@BSmith) 6 August 2013
Chronicle sources saying #nufc aren't in for Stewart Downing
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) 5 August 2013
The bottom line is that at a purchase price of £20M spread over 4 season - not to mention the rumoured £4M a year in wages - that is a total cost to LFC of £9M a year for the next two years. It's a very attractive financial proposition for the club to sell him.
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