The former England international, Stewart Downing, is entering the final year of his current contract with Boro, who may decide now is the time to sell the 33-year-old for what they can.
Downing saw his game time restricted in the Championship last season, but on a short term deal he could still bring a wealth of experience and quality to Sunderland’s left flank in League One.
With Khazri gone, Ross’ side will be missing creativity down that wing, as well as lacking a dead ball specialist. That void could be adequately filled by Downing, for now at least.
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