Boro reject Downing request

06 January 2009 07:22
Middlesbrough have signalled their intent to keep Stewart Downing after rejecting the England winger's transfer request. Downing, 24, submitted a written request on Monday amid increasing talk of a move to Tottenham Hotspur. The Middlesbrough-born wideman only signed a new five-year contract 11 months ago, but his father revealed he has become increasingly frustrated with a lack of investment in the squad this season. Boro are currently 17th in the Premier League table and only clear of the drop zone on goal difference. Spurs have seen one "derisory" bid rejected by the Teessiders and chief executive Keith Lamb has revealed a second offer has also been rejected. He also claims that Downing's transfer request has been turned down and warned any potential suitors that the club intend to fight to keep him at the Riverside Stadium. "We received a written transfer request from Stewart this morning. It was considered before being rejected," said Lamb. "Prior to receiving the transfer request, we received an improved offer for Stewart from Tottenham. "We immediately rejected this offer and informed Tottenham that Stewart Downing is not for sale and any further interest they have in the player will not be entertained."

Source: ESA