Middlesbrough and Tony Pulis are set to hold contract talks over a player that they want to keep at The Riverside Stadium beyond the summer.
It is understood that a clause in his contract stating that if he were to make one more starting appearance would trigger an extension.
Steve Gibson, who is the chairman, is keen to try and bring the former England international’s £35,000-a-week wages down and is hopeful of reaching a compromise.
And, Middlesbrough could be in a difficult position as Burnley are rumoured to hold an interest in the 34-year-old.
Downing has played an important role for Middlesbrough this season as they look to win promotion from the Championship.
It is a truly bizarre situation they currently find themselves in and it would be best for the two parties to come to a comprise over a possible deal.
However, with potential Premier League interest in the winger, they could have a challenging few weeks ahead of them.
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