This Premier League wide man has been linked with a move away from his Riverside home for years now, but it’s no surprise to me that he hasn’t actually been purchased yet!
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is making a £11million bid to take England left-winger Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough.
Redknapp wants the Boro skipper to bring balance to his Spurs side and the club are willing to pay a huge fee in the transfer window.
Downing has been linked with Spurs before but this latest bid could finally see him move to North London from Teesside.
He could be tempted by Tottenham say friends and become the latest home-grown star to be sold by Boro – with boss Gareth Southgate well covered by England Under-21 kid Adam Johnson. Redknapp also wanted Downing at Portsmouth – and he knows that a genuine left winger is a must if Spurs are to progress.
Downing also has the added attraction of being eligible for European competition, which is still very much on the Tottenham radar in the second half of the campaign.
Boro will hold out for as much as possible but the time could be right for a sale.
His form has been inconsistent and he has made noises about a move.
Downing’s latest display for England in the win over Germany made him new admirers, but Spurs are confident that they will be the biggest bidders for him in the New Year.
Liverpool and Aston Villa were in the hunt in the last window, but Rafa Benitez signed Albert Riera while James Milner arrived at Villa.
Now the way is open for Redknapp to complete the deal and end his long pursuit of Downing by making him one of his first key captures. (Daily Mirror)
This report makes a very good point, Liverpool and Aston Villa were ‘reportedly’ interested in Downing. However, both clubs opted for other plans, and both Milner and Riera have impressed since their respective moves.
Redknapp is a wily manager, who will surely not make a move for this England international (21 caps, can you believe it!). I wouldn’t say that Stewart isn’t a decent player, but he is surely no where near as good as the publicity his name seems to generate would suggest. He can whip in a great cross, but he doesn’t beat his man very often, and is so one-footed its untrue. Do Tottenham fans feel this move would be an intelligent one?