Stewart Downing is almost certain to be gone from West Ham before the transfer window closes.
It’s one of the facts of footballing life that when such strong “rumours” start about player movements it’s a near inevitability it will happen.
The usual fencing and haggling on price will go on of course – appearances have to be maintained – but our understanding is that the 30 year old has been offered around £70k a week to return to his ‘home’ and that HE WANTS TO GO!
ClaretandHugh was told by a top Irons insider: “Steve Gibson (Boro chairman) clearly sees him as the marquee signing and a player who can lead Boro back to the Premier League. However, whilst it’s a huge deal for Stewart but not West Ham.”
However, that the issues involved are being discussed so freely suggests that it won’t be long before Downing does indeed return home with the Hammers recouping something in the region of £7 million for him.
The Hammers will realise that whilst they are building a deeper squad, Downing is an unlikely starter with the likes of Dimitri Pyet, Chiek Kouyate Pedro Obiang, and probably Alex Song in the squad.
And at 30 years of age £7 million will allow Slaven Bilic to identify the new attacking midfielder he wants as mentioned on a number of occasions.
We could be wrong but we expect a Downing departure.