Championship outfit Birmingham City are closing in on a deal to sign winger Stewart Downing from fellow second tier side Middlesbrough, reports The Daily Mail.
The 32-year-old re-joined the North East giants back in 2015 after six years away from the Riverside Stadium, and immediately made his presence felt by helping Aitor Karanka’s side achieve promotion to the Premier League in the 2015/16 campaign.
However, things didn’t go so well for the former England international during their top-flight excursions, with Downing netting just once in 30 games for the club as they suffered relegation after just one year in the top tier.
And reports earlier this summer suggested that new Boro chief Garry Monk had made the 32-year-old available for transfer, and it’s an opportunity Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp appears to have made the most of.
And that’s because recent reports suggest that the Blues are closing in on a deal for the winger, as former Tottenham and Portsmouth manager Redknapp seeks to further bolster his ranks ahead of the new Championship season.
The Midlands outfit narrowly avoided relegation under the 70-year-old last term, but having signed a new one-year deal to remain at St Andrew’s, it’s clear that Redknapp feels a promotion bid could be undertaken next term should they make some shrewd additions.
And with Downing set to join David Stockdale, Craig Gardner, Marc Roberts, and Cheikh N’Doye as the fifth signing of the summer, they are certainly giving themselves a chance of challenging in the upper echelons of the division next season.
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