Birmingham City are in advanced talks with Stewart Downing.
The Middlesbrough winger has been told he’s surplus to requirements at the Riverside and has been forced to train with the U23s.
We understand Harry Redknapp has offered the former England international a two-year contract but Downing and Birmingham have yet to agree personal terms.
Redknapp is keen to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes, and was frustrated earlier this week when Nigeria international Ogenyi Onazi was denied a work permit.
“We were hoping he’d get it but Nigeria dropped out the top 50 so it made it difficult,” Redknapp told the Birmingham Mail, while also confirming his interest in Ghana midfielder Afriyie Acquah.