Middlesborough has officially confirmed the signing of Stewart Downing from West Ham for an undisclosed fee believed to be £5m.
Downing, who is a product of the Boro Academy, completed his move on Thursday evening, signing a four-year contract, and is flying out to link up with Aitor Karanka’s squad in Marbella.
Downing departed Middlesborough in 2009 for £12m to join Aston Villa and two years later, he joined Liverpool for £20m. He joined West Ham in 2013 for £5m and made 69 Premier League appearances for the Hammers.
Boro Head Coach Aitor Karanka was delighted to complete the signing of the player and he said: “It’s an amazing signing for us. He’s more than just a player.
“Nobody expected him to come here, but he wants to be here, and is completely committed to the club and the team. He is a very good person and I’m excited to work with him.”