The Deal That Would Take Downing To Spurs!

Last updated : 07 January 2009 By Boro Mad
But ... allegedly ... Boro have laughed off the offer, and insist - regardless what Downing says about a move to a club with bigger ambitions ... he had better get used to the fact he is staying on Teeside.

Chairman Steve Gibson, chief executive Keith Lamb and manager Gareth Southgate show little sign of softening in their approach to Downing's cause.

They claim the Boro Academy graduate will be playing for his home-town club come February and the end of the transfer window.

Personally ... if I had to step off the fence ... I believe the opposite. He will be a Spurs player within days.

The midfielder handed in a written transfer request on Monday after Spurs had already had one offer rejected.

Lamb: "We received a written transfer request from Stewart this morning. It was considered before being rejected.

"Prior to receiving the transfer request, we received an improved offer for Stewart from Tottenham.

"We immediately rejected this offer and informed Tottenham that Stewart Downing is not for sale and any further interest they have in the player will not be entertained."

Downing signed a five-year deal just 11 months ago, but his father has revealed that events since have left the player believing Boro's ambition does not match his own.