The Star is reporting today that Newcastle are interested in West Ham’s Stewart Downing, who turns 31 next month, and it’s hard to believe that the former Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Liverpool player would be a target of Newcastle’s this summer.
Stewart Downing – Newcastle interested
Sunderland are also said to be interested in the player, and we suppose there could be a Newcastle interest because Stewart was given his debut by Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren in April 2002 in a Premier League game away at Ipswich Town.
Steve McClaren was at Middlesbrough from 2001 through 2006.
New West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is having a clear-out of players this summer, and Stuart is one of the players who has been told to look for a new club, and he still has two years left on his contract in with the east London club.
Newcastle are after more English players these days, and maybe McClaren thinks he can again get the best out of the 35 times capped English International.
The news was first reported in the Telegraph a day or two ago, and Stewart would cost around £5M – and we suppose we’d get a decent player with a lot of experience for that money.
While at West Ham for the last two seasons he played 79 times with 7 goals and 11 assists, and while at Middlesbrough he played 226 times with 21 goals and 31 assist in seven seasons before he left for Aston Villa in 2009 for £12M.
Stewart was one of the many good players who have come through the famed Middlesbrough Youth Academy.
But we’d still be surprised if Newcastle are really interested in the 30 year-old.
What do you think?