The latest name to be linked with a move to Newcastle United’s promotion charge this month is that of Middlesbrough winger’s, Stewart Downing.
After falling down the pecking order at the Riverside, the 32-year-old has been touted as a potential target for both the Toon Army and former Magpies chief Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace.
There’s little doubt another winger is needed at St. James’ Park with Rolando Aarons a long-term injury, though it’s fair to say the former England man is one of the more left-field suggestions.
Any move to bring the ex-Liverpool and Aston Villa ace across the North East is likely to be a much-talked about one, considering his standing at local rivals Middlesbrough.
Still, Downing is a good player and proved impressive in the Championship last term, so you can well imagine the debate sparked on Twitter.
So with that in mind, here’s how Newcastle fans reacted to the Downing rumours.
— Matt Milne (@21Milner) January 9, 2017
I would take Downing on loan and look to sign Rhodes permanent #nufc
— John Dixon (@DickoNortheast) January 9, 2017
Really don't want downing, go all out and get cairney and Osborn to young talents that will provide creativity #nufc
— DavyBaty81 (@david_baty) January 9, 2017
Wouldn't gan near Downing, we can do much better then that #NUFC
— Shaun Menzies (@SHAUNMENZIES) January 9, 2017
Downing on loan? Worth a punt. #NUFC
— Matt Plews (@Matt_Plews) January 9, 2017
Downing from first stint at Boro, yes.
Current Downing, no.#nufc
— NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index) January 9, 2017
Downing available on loan would take him for rest of season #nufc
— Richie Mitch (@RmTcse) January 9, 2017
So Stewart Downing name is doing the round then seems like no one wants him Haha #nufc
— Tom Hardman (@Preston_Mag) January 9, 2017
Stewart Downing available on loan, would be ideal for him to come to us & doesn’t need to relocate. Thoughts people? #NUFC
— Lee Lawler (@NewcastleFansTV) January 9, 2017