Middlesbrough are believed to have agreed a fee in the region of £12m for the transfer of England winger Stewart Downing to Aston Villa.
The 24-year-old has made over 200 appearances for his home-town club since making his debut in 2002.
He is currently recovering from foot surgery, which is likely to sideline him until October at the earliest.
His future at Boro had been the subject of much speculation since the club’s relegation to the Championship in May.
Downing, who has 23 England caps, signed a new five-year deal in February 2008 but, with Middlesbrough struggling last season, he had a written transfer request rejected in January. (BBC Sport)
Can’t see the sense in this to be honest but it would seem to suggest that Martin O’Neill may well be ready to offload Ashley Young after all what would be the point in signing Downing if you already had one of the best left wingers in the Premier League?
Unless the Aston Villa boss sees Young playing a more advanced role but how that would work when the club already has three front men vying for the striker slots in Gabriel Agbonlahor, Emile Heskey and John Carew.