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.
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.
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.
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