A surprising number of Sunderland fans would welcome Stewart Downing's return to the Stadium of Light, it seems.
Downing is said to have been made available by new Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk, with The Northern Echo reporting that he can leave on a free transfer.
The 35-cap former England winger, who had a spell at Sunderland 14 years ago, has spent much of his career to date at Premier League level and counts Liverpool among his former clubs.
However, his return to Middlesbrough, the club he supported as a boy and whose academy he progressed through, has not really gone as planned, despite helping the Teessiders to promotion in his first season back.
Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing [left]
But even though his 33rd birthday is only a month away, there are some Sunderland fans who would be happy to have Downing on board as the Mackems look to secure an immediate return to England's top flight.
Here is what the Black Cats faithful are saying about the Middlesbrough man...
SAFC should be all over this if Lens and Khazri go.— Adrian Dalzell (@adidalzell) 22 June 2017
Stewart Downing and Aiden Mcgeady either side of Cameron Jerome would do for me at this level and would cost under £10m #safc— ParkerSafc (@Parkersafc) 22 June 2017
Would have him back at Sunderland any day.— Scott Duffy (@ScottDuffman) 22 June 2017
If @SunderlandAFC dont at least make an approach for Downing, I'll lose what little respect I have left for the HELMETS running our club!— e-Sunderland (@e_sunderland) 22 June 2017
would have him, but doubt either he would come or that we can afford his wages #safc— Peter ONeil (@petersafc7) 22 June 2017
One word. Yes— James Tweddell (@Jamestweddell) 22 June 2017
Free. It's a no brainier— Michael Walker (@ukmickywalker) 22 June 2017
Most certainly— SRB (@Fantanafest73) 22 June 2017
I'd take him now, to add some experience to our side, which will likely be lacking it come the start of the season #SAFC— Chris? (@NotChristo) 22 June 2017
Christ aye— Martin Findlay (@bigmarty7) 22 June 2017
100% We aren't in the same position as Boro, we need a stronger squad and not all if them will be youngsters— David Harris (@harryftm1) 22 June 2017
Would you take Downing back at the Stadium of Light?
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