David Gold and James Tomkins send Twitter messages to Stewart Downing after West Ham exit

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The former West Ham man was confirmed as a Middlesbrough player on Thursday night.

After two years at Upton Park, Stewart Downing is no longer a West Ham United player. And, six years after initially leaving the club, the winger is now back at Middlesbrough.

The 30-year-old spent eight years at the Riverside during his first spell with the club and has now returned to try and help get Boro back to the Premier League.

Unlike his time with Liverpool, Downing can consider his West Ham spell more of a success and a much better time in terms of his reputation.

According to the Daily Mail, Middlesbrough have paid £5 million to secure the midfield man's signature - and West Ham co-owner David Gold has wished him all the best on Twitter.

And so too has defender James Tomkins:

Tomkins scored again for the Hammers in the Europa League on Thursday night, with the east London club having struggled to secure victory.

Downing, meanwhile, will no doubt have promotion to the Premier League firmly on his behind after his move to Middlesbrough. Maybe he can line up on the same field as his old West Ham team-mates after next season.

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