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Winger Downing set for Middlesbrough return

Middlesbrough are close to bringing former England midfielder Stewart Downing back to the Riverside Stadium from West Ham.

Press Association Sport understands that no fee has yet been agreed between the clubs, but that discussions have progressed and there is an appetite to do a deal, meaning the 30-year-old could be on his way to Teesside within days.

Stewart Downing is on his way back to the Riverside. Credit: PA

Downing has been left out of the Hammers squad for their Europa League clash with Birkirkara on Thursday evening.

Boro have been in talks with the Hammers for some time over their former Academy graduate, who left the club for Aston Villa in a £12million switch in July 2009.

Middlesbrough to sign Espanyol striker

Christian Stuani is off to Middlesbrough. Credit: PA

Espanyol expect Christian Stuani to leave the Spanish club this summer with reports linking the Uruguay forward with a move to Middlesbrough.

Stuani joined Espanyol on a permanent transfer from Italian side Reggina in the summer of 2013 and is under contract with the Catalan outfit for another three seasons.

Reports in Spain suggest Stuani is set to join Boro on a £2.8million transfer fee, with half of the cash set to go to Reggina.

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