West Ham and Middlesbrough are now locked in talks over Stewart Downing’s future.
We reported yesterday that the Championship outfit had made a “fantastic offer” to the Irons in the hope of wooing the fans favourite back to the Riverside.
The Hammers had initially knocked back Boro’s opening offer and rebuffed interest from Sunderland but the north eastern club’s chairman Stewart Gibson has now upped the ante considerably with his latest bid.
ClaretandHugh was told yesterday (Sunday) of the new offer which has piled the pressure on the Irons management to do a deal.
And we understand talks are now again in progress but an insider stressed: “There is certainly no agreement at this stage of things.”
With the arrival of Dimitri Payet and Pedro Obiang the Irons are ready to talk but will play serious hardball over the fee given that Downing was one of our best players last season earning an international recall.