Where would newspapers be without Stewart Downing during the transfer window periods? The Middlesbrough winger is always good for lots of idle speculation regarding a move away from the Riverside, before deciding to stay put in the north-east. The Daily Mail report that this is likely to happen yet again in January, despite the conniving efforts of his agent Ian Elliott to engineer a transfer (or a bigger pot of money for the player). Chairman Steve Gibson is not a happy bunny.
“We made a substantial offer which reflects Stewart’s status at our club and in our team.
“He (Elliott) has issued a statement which, when you study it, is an absolute contradiction. One one hand, it says Stewart wants to leave and then on the other, it says that Stewart will play out the remaining two-and-a-half years of his contract. Well, what is it to be?
“Stewart will have seven or eight years left at this level and the fact that he appears to have put his career in the hands of Ian Elliott is a source of concern for me because I don’t think that’s in Stewart’s best interests.”
Another manipulative agent with £££ signs in front of his eyes? Surely not. One wonders whether there is any genuine interest from the likes of Tottenham or whether this just a smokescreen to land more cash for Downing, and subsequently his agent.