Boro consider former winger
Middlesbrough are considering a shock move for their former winger Stewart Downing.
The 28-year-old has already been told he is surplus to requirements at Liverpool and is likely to leave Anfield in January.
Boro are currently understood to be considering a move for his services in a bid to strengthen their own promotion credentials.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to allow Downing to depart on loan if no buyer comes forward for a player who originally joined them from Aston Villa in a £19m deal sixteen months ago.
The Teessiders have already ruled out any approach for the England international before the 5pm Thursday loan deadline, preferring instead to wait until the New Year.