The Chronicle claims that the Black Cats are poised to make a return offer of £7m for the 30-year old winger who spent time on loan at the Stadium of Light back in 2003.
With the Hammers set to complete a £10.7m deal for Marseille attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet, Downing ould be let go this summer and Dick Advocaat is keen to lure him back to Wearside.
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