Boro won’t sell Downing

Reports have linked winger Stewart Downing with a move to Tottenham in recent days and Boro have confirmed they have rejected bids for him.

“We again reiterate that no senior players will be leaving this football club during January,” said Boro’s chief executive Lamb in a statement.

“That is the end of the matter.

“Any ongoing media speculation is therefore meaningless and we will not continue to respond to it.”