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Monday 17th Dec – Liverpool transfer gossip round up

If David Villa’s links with Manchester City yesterday were laughable, the Metro have an even more amusing addendum regarding the disillusioned Barcelona striker as they claim that Liverpool are prepared to throw their hat into the ring with a £10m check concealed underneath. The 31 year old might be falling down the pecking order at the Nou Camp but is surely not tumbling towards the Europa League and Premier League mediocrity.

Staying on the theme of interesting developments to yesterday’s stories, Stewart Downing’s admission that Brendan Rodgers personally gave him a tour of the exit route at Anfield has ‘alerted’ Arsenal and Middlesbrough according the Metro. The rumour might be baseless but does offer a chilling reminder of how far the Gunners have fallen behind that they are competing with Boro for transfer targets.

Jack Butland’s talents have spread like wild fire across the British Isles over the past 12 months, so much so that Southampton even made a £6m summer bid for Birmingham’s rising star. The 19 year old is being tracked by the Merseyside duo of Liverpool and Everton, both of whom are looking to replace a veteran keeper, but Birmingham boss Lee Clark told the Mirror that his prodigious keeper’s worth is increasing by the day and that ultimately the board will decide his future.