West Brom youngster Downing interesting Premiership

Manchester City and Aston Villa are keeping a close watching brief on West Bromwich Albion defender Paul Downing with a view to making an offer for him, claims Sky Sports.

The 18-year-old is yet to break into the Baggies' first team, but is highly-rated and captains the reserve side at The Hawthorns.

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Villa are keen to keep the centre-back in the West Midlands but reports suggest that Manchester City are leading the chase for his signature at the moment.