Middlesbrough chief executive Keith Lamb has slammed Tottenham Hotspur for making a 'derisory' bid for England winger Stewart Downing.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has publicly spoken of his desire to sign England international Downing, but Lamb says that the north London club are yet to prepare a serious offer for the player.
He told The News of the World: "It is a derisory offer.
"Who on earth do they think they are? They bleated away when Dimitar Berbatov left for Manchester United in the summer, but they sold at top dollar.
"Then they want to snatch other players for derisory offers and try to unsettle players. That is what has happened here. Their offer is a joke.
"Why would we sell our best players to our nearest rivals? Stewart is going nowhere."
Boro boss Gareth Southgate has already voiced his displeasure at Spurs trying to snap up Downing in the January transfer window.
He had commented: "Spurs have expressed an interest in Stewart, but we're not interested in selling him. We think we need to keep hold of our best players.
"If Tottenham are really interested, then they have not shown that in the way they have approached it, so there's nothing doing there."