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Middlesbrough deny rejecting a £14.5 million bid for Downing

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Stewart Downing comes up against David Bentley, who he could replace in the Spurs starting eleven

Boro allegedly reject third Downing bid from Spurs
Middlesbrough fans woke up this morning to reports that they had knocked back a £14.5 million bid for wantaway winger Stewart Downing. However, just a few hours later the Teesside club issued a statement denying that they had received a new offer from Spurs, who they have accused of turning the England international’s head.

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: Even though Downing wants to leave, Boro hold a position of power. He still has four-and-a-half years left on his contract and David Bentley’s latest woeful performance last night shows how desperately Spurs need a natural left winger.

Manchester City and Inter plan an unwanted Brazilian striker swap
Jo joined Manchester City in the summer for £18 million and has contributed just one league goal while Jose Mourinho last month suggested that Adriano needed to move elsewhere because he couldn’t be the “tutor” that the Brazilian striker needed. So what happens when there are two clubs with dispensible Brazilian strikers? They swap them, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: Adriano to Manchester City seems like a possibility but it’s hard to imagine what Inter have seen this season in Jo, even though he did score against them in the Champions League last year.

West Ham to sell Etherington and Davenport for £7 million
At the start of the window you would be forgiven for assuming that West Ham were willing to sell their whole first team for a few quid and a packet of biscuits but having knocked back big money offers for some of their stars, they have reportedly persuaded Stoke that Matthew Etherington is worth £4 million. In addition, it is claimed they will break even on Calum Davenport with Bolton willing to match the £3 million that West Ham paid for him two years ago.

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: Losing Etherington shouldn’t damage West Ham too much as he has barely figured in recent months. Selling Calum Davenport, who has performed well when called upon this season, could leave them short in defence however unless Danny Gabbidon finally returns.

Kris Boyd to Birmingham
There has always been much debate about where the Old Firm clubs would finish in the Premier League but Rangers have fallen so badly in recent years that they are seriously considering selling the SPL’s top-scorer Kris Boyd to Championship side Birmingham.

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: It will probably go through if Birmingham increase their £3 million bid according to the BBC. With Stoke and West Brom eyeing up strikers, maybe one of them will try to hijack the deal.


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