New reports linking Middlesborough with a £8 million offer for Stewart Downing have been circulating in the north east over the past few hours and quite frankly seem way off the wall.
A couple of media outlets claim that the Championship club has hit the Irons with the an offer despite us turning down similar bids from Sunderland and Leicester City.
The mathematics involved are mind boggling for a Championship outfit which, if they are believed demand that we accept the Riverside club will commit to a £7 million transfer fee and £1o million plus in wages over a three year deal. And for a player aged 30 that really does take a bit of swallowing.
A key club insider told ClaretandHugh this week that that we have indeed received several bids but that the player is simply not for sale.
We never rule anything out entirely however, although if this one were to be true we would find it perhaps one of the most bizarre and perhaps ill considered deals in a long time.