EPL Transfer Rumours: Benitez, Coentrao, Downing, Gervinho, Mackail-Smith

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EPL Transfer Rumours: Benitez, Coentrao, Downing, Gervinho, Mackail-Smith
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With the news that Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is set to step aside due to health reasons, there are likely to be several transfer rumours involving the futures of the Midlands club's star players.

In truth, this development has probably made little difference after a dreadful season for the Villains, who, despite creeping into the top half of the table, have relied too heavily on moments of magic from key players such as Ashley Young, Brad Friedel and Darren Bent.

However, it is former Middlesborough winger and England international Stewart Downing—having just received all three end-of-year individual club awards—who is attracting the most attention in today's media.

Find out where he may be heading to in the coming weeks and also read all about the League One striker whose exploits may yet win him a Premier League contract.

Elsewhere, a world-class left-back may escape the clutches of the champions, an Ivorian star is set to announce his future club and an Anfield legend may venture back to English football after a brief hiatus.

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