Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boss Stays Quiet on Transfer Talks

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boss Stays Quiet on Transfer Talks

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Byline: DOMINIC SHAW dominic.shaw@trinitymirror.com @DOMSHAWGAZ

STEWART Downing's Boro future was unsurprisingly the central subject in yesterday's press conference at Rockliffe.

Aitor Karanka confirmed the winger can leave the club this month if a deal can be struck that suits all parties.

Downing is the subject of interest from a number of clubs - most notably Crystal Palace - and Karanka will sanction his departure if the player wants to leave.

Until a deal is done however, it's business as usual and the 32-year-old midfielder trained with Boro at Rockliffe Park today, with Karanka insisting he could feature at Watford on Saturday.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the Boro head coach said: "I said always a player who wants to leave, I am always trying to buy a player, to sell a player, to bring in a player on loan or sell."

"If Stewart wants to leave and everybody is happy, yes of course [he can go]."

Palace boss Sam Allardyce is a keen Downing admirer and Karanka was asked about the prospect of selling or loaning the 32-year-old to a relegation rival.

"If the club thinks it's good for the club and for the player, I can't say anything," he said.

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"He played at Manchester United. Maybe he plays on Saturday."

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"It's a shame because I was considering bringing him on in the last game but it was impossible with the sending off."

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"He's the kind of player who is amazing for a manager. …

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