Stewart Downing reportedly turned down Sheffield Wednesday offer to join Blackburn

Stewart Downing in action during an England training session, ahead of the UEFA European Championship qualifier against Slovenia, at St Georges Park on November 11, 2014 in Burton-upon-...

Sheffield Wednesday have missed out on Stewart Downing following his Blackburn Rovers move.

Stewart Downing of Middlesbrough during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.

According to a report in the Sun, Stewart Downing snubbed an offer from Sheffield Wednesday to join fellow Championship side Blackburn Rovers instead following his release from Middlesbrough.

Blackburn have confirmed the signing of Downing on their official website. The 34-year-old leaves Middlesbrough to join Rovers on a one-year deal after his contract expired at the Riverside Stadium.

It has been claimed Downing had several other offers to choose from. The Northern Echo linked the Owls with Downing at the beginning of June, while the Sun now claim an offer from Wednesday was on the table.

 

Wednesday boss Steve Bruce has long been a fan of the former Liverpool player. In 2017, while managing Aston Villa, the Express and Star claimed Bruce tried to get him to join the Villa Park club.

Bruce has done a decent job at Wednesday since taking over from Carlos Carvalhal. To push on, though, he needs to make signings this summer as the squad is looking thin in certain areas after six senior players were released at the end of this past season.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Reading at Hillsborough Stadium on February 09, 2019 in Sheffield,...

Downing has predominantly played as a winger throughout his career, but he is also capable of playing in the middle. He could have been an ideal player to cover several roles at Hillsborough.

Blackburn though have won the race for Downing’s signature. Rovers were on the lookout for extra midfield players after the experienced Craig Conway left Ewood Park after turning down the offer of a new deal.

The Sun also report Downing had offers from MLS and Sunderland.

Stewart Downing of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Bristol City at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough on Tuesday 2nd April 2019.

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