This long term Rafa target apparently looks set to finally leave Boro but does Benitez still need the left winger?
Middlesbrough skipper Stewart Downing has had showdown talks with Gareth Southgate – and is ready to push for a move in January.
Downing is unsettled at Boro and has had recent disagreements with Southgate’s backroom staff about his role in the team.
The England international left-winger had a closed-door meeting with his boss to air his grievances last week and word is spreading that he is unsettled.
Downing has been a target for Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham and Aston Villa in the past and news of his latest upset will spark fresh interest.
Southgate does not want to lose him, but he has a perfect replacement in young Adam Johnson, who has taken his place in the England under-21 side.
Boro would want around £10million for Downing, who signed a new five-year contract earlier this year – and the money would help Southgate to improve areas of the team that need improving. (Sunday People)
The arrival of Albert Riera at Anfield has proven to be a success and would presumably negate a need to sign Downing, who is in my view very overrated. Seemingly every now and then Stewart issues something of a come and get me plea and there must be a reason that no one takes him up on the offer. Whilst he can and does deliver a great cross I don’t think he is the kind of winger who can take on players and lacks pace to threaten defences so I don’t think anyone in the top six will be considering a move for the England man. Do any Liverpool fans think the club should bid for the 24 year old?