Stewart Downing in £12 Million Move to Aston Villa

Chris StoneCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2009

LONDON - MARCH 28:  Stewart Downing of England in acion during the International Friendly match between England and Slovakia at Wembley Stadium on March 28, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

BBC News: Middlesbrough are believed to have agreed a fee in the region of £12m for the transfer of England winger Stewart Downing to Aston Villa.

I'm intrigued by this news, if it goes ahead, which I expect it will. Will Downing and Ashley Young compete for the left wing? I personally rate Young more, but perhaps he will be used more as a forward?

If it means Young is on his way out, there have been rumors that Chelsea and teams from abroad are interested.

It would also be nice for O'Neill to improve Downing's performances. He has never impressed me for England, but maybe that can change!

As for Middlesbrough, it had looked increasingly likely that Downing would move after being relegated, especially as he had handed in a transfer request in the new year.

Hopefully, the money will allow them to stay financially competitive despite the obvious drop in TV revenues, etc. It also brings up the question of who will replace him.