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Why Leeds should make Aaron Lennon their own Stewart Downing

Why Leeds should attempt an ambitious move to bring Aaron Lennon back from Tottenham Hotspur.

Championship side Middlesbrough pulled off a major signing earlier this month, bringing back former star Stewart Downing to the club.

The promotion hopefuls beat off competition from Premier League sides to sign the winger from West Ham, and he is likely to play a prominent role this coming campaign.

Whether Downing has set a trend it is too early to say, but there is another former England international winger who would be a perfect fit to return to his former club in the league below.

Step forward Aaron Lennon.

The winger has been at Tottenham Hotspur since 2005, but at 28-years-old, is in need of a new challenge in his career.

He has no future at Spurs, with The Mirror reporting he has been sent to train with the club's under-21 side, and been told to find a new club.

There could be few better options in terms of a fit, than to head back to former club Leeds United, who are desperate for wingers to complete Uwe Rosler's side.

Lennon made his debut for Leeds at just 16, playing one season in the Premier League and one in the Championship, earning a move to Spurs, having won the club's Young Player of the Year Award.

Prospects and financial conundrum

Aaron Lennon may be at the end of the road at Spurs, but is still a Premier League standard player, and is said to be attracting interest from Everton, where he spent last season on loan, report The Mirror.

To that end such a deal may seem fanciful on Leeds' behalf, but the key factor here would be the player himself.

Downing was engaged enough to feel that a Middlesbrough move would bring him the most enjoyment in his career. Lennon would have to feel the same way and be prepared to sacrifice.

From a financial perspective, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is a tough man to negotiate with, renowned for squeezing every last drop of cash out of player sales.

If Lennon was passionate about rejoining his former club however, after a decade of service to Spurs, the Premier League side may have to relent their asking price, but it would still require Leeds to invest heavily, and likely above the fee they paid for Chris Wood earlier this summer.

The club's best bet would be a loan deal, which could get more possible as the summer draws on and Spurs find no club are willing to meet their demands.

A move would massively lift all around Elland Road, and give Leeds a real spark heading into the season ahead; and if it was enough to earn them promotion then the finances may be there to do a permanent deal.

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