West Ham assistant McDonald hints at Downing interest

The winger has struggled for form at Anfield and the Hammers No.2 has suggested boss Sam Allardyce is looking into the possibility of a transfer to improve service to Andy Carroll

West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald has hinted at interest in Liverpool winger Stewart Downing despite attempting to dismiss the link as rumour.

The 28-year-old is facing an uncertain future at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers just two years after he was signed for £20 million by former Reds boss Kenny Dalglish.

A switch to Upton Park has been mooted and McDonald openly welcomed the prospect of the Hammers acquiring a player of Downing's ability.

"He’s a very good player," he told talkSPORT. "A player of that calibre and West Ham being involved would be great, but it’s all paper talk at the moment."

West Ham have already done business with Liverpool this summer to turn Andy Carroll's loan move into a permanent switch and McDonald says manager Sam Allardyce is now eyeing improvements to support the £15 million forward.

"We certainly will be building a team around him, thats for sure," he added. "We certainly have players that can supply the ammunition to him. We've got Matt Jarvis, Joe Cole and other players who can play out wide.

"Matty Taylor can deliver into the box and we've got midfield players who can play him through and work off Andy to create chances for themselves.

"So we've got some good players to compliment Andy but we're always looking to strengthen if we can."