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Liverpool's Stewart Downing signed by West Ham

Stewart Downing, at Liverpool. Credit: David Davies/PA

Liverpool's Stewart Downing has been officially signed by West Ham, the Football Association confirmed today.

The 29-year-old, capped 34 times by England, told the club’s official website: "I'm very excited. It's a great opportunity for me being here, it's a great club and I'm really excited to get going.

"I'm ready and I'm fit for the first game against Cardiff City. I've played a decent few games for Liverpool in pre-season, so there will be no problems on that front.”

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West Ham agrees fee over signing Liverpool's Downing

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing. Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

West Ham United have agreed a fee with Liverpool over a deal to sign winder Stewart Downing. He is now expected to undergo a medical and complete the transfer this week.

The England international began last season out of favour at Anfield, eventually forcing his way into Brendan Rodgers' team, but it seems the Liverpool boss is happy to let him follow Andy Carroll to West Ham.


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FA charges Luis Suarez over biting incident

Luis Suarez. Credit: PA

The Football Association has charged Liverpool striker Luis Suarez with violent conduct after he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

The FA said in a statement: "The FA has charged Liverpool forward Luis Suarez with violent conduct. The charge follows an incident with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in yesterday’s fixture at Anfield [21 April 2013].

"The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed.

"It is alleged that the conduct of Suarez constitutes violent conduct and it is The FA’s contention that the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient in these circumstances.

"Suarez has until 6pm on Tuesday 23 April to respond to the charge, thereafter an Independent Regulatory Commission will be convened this Wednesday, 24 April."

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Friedel: Liverpool won't want to get rid of best player

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Friedel has said he believes Suarez will remain at the club because of his talent and price tag:

Liverpool won't want to get rid of their best player ...

The owners will not be happy with what they're seeing but they're businessmen and they're not going to want to just get rid of £22million of investment.

They will try and work with him. He's an outstanding footballer but someone has got to try and get hold of him.

– Brad Friedel, Former Liverpool goalkeeper
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Report: Adidas to remind Suarez of standards it expects

Luis Suarez's multi-million pound sponsor Adidas has said it will "remind" the footballer of the standards it expects, according to a reporter for the Associated Press:

Ivanovic tells police he won't make a complaint

Branislav Ivanovic (left) will not make a police complaint against Luis Suarez (right). Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has told police that he does not want to make a complaint about Liverpool's Luis Suarez over yesterday's biting incident during the two sides' match at Anfield.

The Uruguayan has apologised to Ivanovic and been fined by his club.


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Luis Suarez fined by Liverpool over biting incident

Luis Suarez has admitted on Twitter that Liverpool fined him over the biting incident, adding that he requested that the money be donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

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Ivanovic 'doesn't want to press charges over bite'

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is understood to have spoken to Surrey Police about the incident at the club's training ground in Cobham.

Branislav Ivanovic Credit: John Walton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Press Association reports that a complaint was made to Merseyside Police which was passed on to their Surrey colleagues, who wanted to ascertain whether he had sustained any injury.

That was found not to be the case and Ivanovic told police he did not want to press charges.

Luis Suarez apologises for biting incident

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has said he has spoken to Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the phone to apologise following the biting incident during yesterday's match at Anfield. The Uruguayan was caught by TV cameras appearing to bite the defender's arm.

Chelsea v Liverpool

Rafael Benitez will take Chelsea to his former club Liverpool tomorrow, with the Blues seeking back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since December.

The Interim Manager is looking to secure Champions League football next season.

"If we can get three points we'll be at the top, in the top three,' he said.

"Every game will be important between now and the end of the season.

"If we carry on winning our games we'll be in the driving seat (to place third).

"We have enough quality and experience in the squad. If we can beat Liverpool we'll be in a better position."

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