Brighton & Hove Albion

Middlesbrough midfielder attracting Premier League interest

Middlesbrough midfielder Stewart Downing is subject to interest from newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion, according to ClubCall.

Downing resigned for the club in 2015, but has been told by new manager Garry Monk that his time at the club is coming to an end, and that he is free to enter discussions over a move away.

After graduating from the Boro academy in 2001, Downing spent 8 years on Teeside, making 181 appearances and scoring 17 goals from the centre of the park.

2-year spells at Aston Villa, Liverpool and West Ham followed, but Downing failed to ever live up to the hype that saw him capped at every England youth level, as well as picking up 35 caps for the national side.

In 2015, he was brought back to the club to help them push for promotion under Aitor Karanka, and the midfielder went on to make 45 appearances in the 2015/16 season as Boro won promotion to the Premier League after an extended stay in the Championship.

However, the 32-year-old’s first team opportunities were limited last season in the Premier League, and just 1 goal in 23 appearances epitomised an underwhelming first season back which saw them relegated back to the Championship.

However, newly-promoted Brighton are looking to snap up the experienced midfielder, who would add some Premier League experience to compliment the likes of Dale Stephens and Anthony Knockaert in the midfield next season.

The highest-paid player at the club, Boro are keen to move Downing on, and the ex-England international will be available on a free transfer, but no bid has been made as of yet.

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