Aitor Karanka tight-lipped as Middlesbrough beat Sunderland to Stewart Downing signature

Stewart Downing
Stewart Downing

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka refused to comment on the proposed signing of Stewart Downing after watching his side continue their pre-season campaign with a 3-1 win over Leyton Orient.

Downing is set to jet out to Marbella to link up with the Boro squad after the completion of a £7million move from West Ham.

The midfielder had been targeted by Sunderland, but has decided to rejoin his hometown team – despite having to drop into the Championship.

The deal is expected to be sealed in the next 24 hours but Karanka – who missed out on goalkeeper Shay Given, who joined Stoke City instead of Boro – was remaining tight-lipped.

“I can’t say anything because I said one week ago that signing players like Stewart or Shay Given is difficult, so I will focus on the players I have now.”

Goals from Albert Adomah, Adam Forshaw and Kike Garcia gave Middlesbrough a comfortable win at at the Marbella Football Center. Kranka said: “We’ve made another step forward.”