Premier League new boys Middlesbrough must pay West Ham United a fee of £1.5 million after gaining promotion to the top flight according to the Daily Mail.
Boro’s 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion at The Riverside Stadium yesterday was enough to see the club finish the Championship season in the second automatic promotion spot on goal difference.
As a result of the club’s Premier League return, the Teessiders must pay a sum of £1.5 million to West Ham United in line with a clause in midfielder Stewart Downing’s Middlesbrough contract.
The 31 year old former England international winger re-joined boyhood club Middlesbrough last summer for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £5.5 million which included a £1.5 million clause should Boro achieve promotion to the Premier League.
Upon his return to The Riverside Stadium, Downing signed a four year deal with the club meaning that the player could see out the remainder of his playing career with Boro.
Downing has made 40 appearances this season for Boro and has scored three goals. The midfielder made an appearance as a second half substitute in yesterday’s deciding fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The midfielder is a product of Middlesbrough’s famed academy set up and made 234 appearances for the club and scored 22 goals during his first spell on Teesside before moving on to play for Aston Villa, Liverpool and West Ham United.