Villa accept offer from Liverpool for winger Downing
Liverpool have now been granted permission to speak with the 26-year-old England international.
Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner said: "I can confirm that we have reached an agreement with Liverpool following an improved offer received earlier today and the submission of a formal transfer request by Stewart Downing, and have subsequently given them permission to speak with the player.
"We believe there are replacements available in the market who can strengthen our squad ahead of the coming season, and we are in discussions as such.
"We are also working hard to conclude a deal for a goalkeeper who we believe can also strengthen the side.
"As soon as we have dependable, conclusive information to share then we will do so."