Report: West Ham receive extra £1.5m as Stewart Downing wins promotion with Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough's promotion has handed a cash boost to West Ham United.

According to the Daily Mail, Middlesbrough's promotion has handed West Ham United an extra £1.5m thanks to a clause in Stewart Downing's transfer.

In possibly the biggest league game in Championship history, second-placed Middlesbrough hosted third-placed Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon, and with both teams level on points, it was a winner-takes-all situation in the race for promotion to the Premier League.

Boro were on course for a win after Cristhian Stuani converted from close range after a David Nugent cutback, before Dale Stephens headed home an equaliser for Brighton.

After Stephens was given a straight red card, Middlesbrough managed to close out the game and earn a 1-1 draw, which was enough to send them back to the Premier League and spark wild celebrations at the Riverside Stadium.

Intriguingly though, Boro aren't the only team to benefit from their promotion. The Daily Mail report that, whilst Boro paid £5.5m to re-sign star man Stewart Downing from West Ham last summer, there was a clause in the deal where Aitor Karanka's men had to pay an extra £1.5m to the Hammers upon winning promotion.

Slaven Bilic's side will now receive that money ahead of the summer transfer window, and whilst £1.5m may not be life-changing for the Hammers, it's a welcome cash boost for the club, and money that can be put towards transfer fees or wages this summer.

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