Former Leeds United manager Garry Monk is now in charge of Middlesbrough.
The Leeds United midfielder revealed how long ago he heard of interest from the Whites - and it was potentially a month before Garry Monk quit.
Downing has reportedly been told he can leave Middlesbrough this summer.
Leeds United fans stick the boot into Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk after signing Mateusz Klich.
Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday are set to battle it out for promotion this season.
Mateusz Klich is believed to be on the verge of signing for Leeds United.
Chris Wood was a star for Leeds United last season.
Newcastle United are battling West Ham for the signature of Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore.
Leeds United duo Liam Bridcutt and Charlie Taylor are said to interest Middlesbrough and Garry Monk.
Pep Clotet, whose departure from Leeds United was announced this week, has confirmed that he will not be joining Garry Monk at Middlesbrough.