My tribe

Middlesbrough battling to keep Downing

Middlesbrough reportedly face a real battle to hang onto star winger Stewart Downing during the January transfer window.

Spurs have been long-term admirers of the England wide man, and speculation is now linking them with a fresh bid.

But Boro chief executive Keith Lamb says the club are desperate to hang onto one of their star performers.

He told the Evening Gazette: "We have had absolutely no contact from Tottenham or any other club about Stewart."

Boro are expected to land a top-class striker during the January window, with Heerenveen ace Afonso Alves tipped to arrive in a £14million deal.

But the Gazette claims Boro boss Gareth Southgate wouldn't need to sell Downing in order to fund any big-money deals.

Downing's Riverside deal has more than two years to run, but talks have so far failed to produce a contract extension.

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?