The Mirror are reporting today that West Ham want around £8M for their midfielder Stewart Downing, and that’s a lot of money given that Stewart turns 31 on July 22nd.
With Newcastle’s former policies in the transfer market, there would be no chance of the club bringing Stewart in – whatever the price.
Stewart Downing – turns 31 later this month
But these days Newcastle need more experience in the squad and are said to be willing to sign older player.
They also want more Englishmen in the squad and Stewart meets both those criteria – but there’s no way West Ham will get £8M for him.
The news is that new West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has told Stewart to look for a new club this summer as he tries to reshape the squad, and he has recently brought in Marseilles’ Dimitri Payet for £10.6M.
A number of clubs have been linked with Downing already, including all three north-east clubs – Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough – where he started his career coming through their famous Youth Academy.
The other link with Newcastle is his former boss Steve McClaren at Middlesbrough is now on Tyneside as the new head coach, and it was Steve who gave Downing his debut for Middlesbrough back in April of 2002 at Ipswich Town, when Stewart was 17.
So it’s not impossible we could sign Stewart – but not for £8M.
In his two years at the Hammers he played 74 times and scored 7 goals and showed some good form.
What do you think?