â€śThe money is there. We tried to get Downing but Middlesbrough didnâ€™t want to sell him, so thatâ€™s dead now," he told the Sunday Times.
"Itâ€™s not going to change, so we move on. We need a left-footer to give us balance. Jamie Oâ€™Hara came on there against Burnley and did well, and Gareth Bale can move forward one from left-back and do the job, so weâ€™re not desperate, but Downing would give us that bit more.â€ť