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Reports in today's papers have suggested that Rafa Benitez is back on the trail of signing Middlesbrough boy, Stewart Downing.

Apparently Benitez will table a bid of 10million for Boro's main man.

What a joke! He has just signed a five-year deal, which to the Liverpool boss is only worth 10million. Hilarious Rafa.

I know it is only press speculation but these stories do have to start somewhere.

As a life-long fan of Boro I would not forgive the club if we were to sell Downing for less than 20million.

Just ask Villa fans, they will tell you the same about Gareth Barry.

It's absolutely ridiculous that a player such as Downing, who has been a constant performer season after season in the Premier League can be sold to a big club for as little as 10million.

He is an England international and has recently been praised by Fabio Capello for his performances for club and country.

So if Benitez is reading this, here are the facts about SD to consider before making an offer:

1. He's only 23-years-old.
2. A current England player.
3. He has just penned a long-term contract with Boro.
4. He has an awesome left-foot.
5. He can dj for the end of year players presentation.

This lot in my book accumulates to well over 20million worth of talent.

Date:Friday June 27 2008
Time: 9:31AM

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No chance he will go! Southgate has already stated he wants to build a team around his best young players. Downing is going to be a massive player for us next season.
27/06/2008 12:15:00
If the price is right ......He will walk.....
27/06/2008 17:10:00
20 million!? Are you having a laugh??
27/06/2008 23:26:00
sorry but downing isnt as good as u lot think . i no spurs where intrested in him for ages but , his left foot is good ( at times ) , he was only in the england time when the 'wolly with the brolly' was manager , so at tops 13million
28/06/2008 09:23:00
never.. he isn't half the player
28/06/2008 11:25:00
20 million for Downing! As McEnroe might say "You cannot be serious?"
28/06/2008 20:27:00
Us Boro fans must be as deluded as the Villa lot.. 20million for Barry?!
30/06/2008 08:31:00
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