3 players Middlesbrough could target as Stewart Downing's replacement

Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing celebrates after the game

Downing has reportedly been told he can leave Middlesbrough this summer.

Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing celebrates after the gameMiddlesbrough's Stewart Downing [left]

Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk could be in the market for at least one new winger this summer, amid reports he will allow Stewart Downing to leave on a free transfer.

Adama Traore and Viktor Fischer have also been linked with moves away from the Riverside, while Gaston Ramirez's future at the club is far from certain.

So to whom could Middlesbrough turn instead?

Jefferson Montero [Swansea City]

Signed by Monk three years ago, Montero has impressed in flashes for Swansea, but suffered an injury-ravaged 2016-17 campaign. The Ecuador international played a mere 463 minutes of football in all competitions, and a fresh start in the Championship could be just what the doctor ordered. Swansea have been linked with a move for Hull City's Sam Clucas, whose arrival could free up Montero to join Middlesbrough.

Swansea City's Jefferson Montero in action with Middlesbrough's Antonio BarraganSwansea City's Jefferson Montero [right]

Tom Lawrence [Leicester City]

If end product is what Monk is looking for then seek no more. In 36 outings on loan to Ipswich Town last season, Lawrence scored or created 22 goals [11 of each], although it may not be enough to land him a starting berth back at Leicester, who have also been credited with interest in Clucas. The Wales international's contract is up next summer, meaning the Foxes could sell.

Tom Lawrence of Ipswich Town scores their first goalFormer Ipswich Town loanee Tom Lawrence [right]

Marcus Maddison [Peterborough United]

The Durham native scored nine goals and created 18 in last season's League One campaign, but has been transfer listed by Peterborough, who stand to lose him for nothing in 2018, when his current deal expires. Maddison is said to be eyeing a move to the Championship, and would surely jump at the chance of a return to the north east with Middlesbrough.

Peterborough's Marcus Maddison scores their second goalPeterborough United's Marcus Maddison [left]

Which of the above would you like Middlesbrough to sign?

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