Aitor Karanka: 'Stewart Downing free to leave Middlesbrough'

Stewart Downing in action for Middlesbrough on August 28, 2016
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Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka reveals that Stewart Downing is free to leave the club on loan this month if a suitable offer comes in.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has said that Stewart Downing is free to leave the club on loan this month if a suitable offer comes in.

The 32-year-old is thought to be looking elsewhere for the possibility of first-team football having started just one Premier League game for Boro since November 5.

The likes of Crystal Palace and Newcastle United have been linked with a move for the winger, although Downing himself is understood to want to stay in the Premier League.

"I have said always that a player who wants to leave and Middlesbrough Football Club and another club agree the transfer..." he told reporters.

"To find or to sell a player, to buy a player, to sign a player on loan, to bring in a player on loan from other places, all parties have to agree.

"If Stewart wants to leave and the clubs agree and everybody's happy, then yes, of course. If the club thinks that it's good for the club, good for the player and good for the club, I can't say anything."

Downing, who is currently in his second spell at the Riverside, has scored one goal in 17 league games for the club this season.

Stewart Downing in action for Middlesbrough on August 28, 2016
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