Former Liverpool forward set for exit due to curious clause in contract

Stewart Downing is searching for a new club because Middlesbrough would have to give him a pay raise if he played another game for the Championship outfit.

The former Liverpool star has played 149 games for Boro in his second spell for the club after coming on in the 69th minute as a substitute during a 1-1 draw with Millwall.

Downing rejoined Middlesbrough in 2015 and, according to the Daily Telegraph, he signed a contract which outlined that if he played another 150 games for the club he would be entitled to a pay raise.

The Teesside club is now making him available for transfer as they can’t afford to offer him higher wages.

In their second season back in the Championship after getting relegated in 2017, Boro are looking to lower their wage bill and Downing’s potential landmark 150th appearance isn’t helping their case.

The winger was a good servant for Liverpool during their dark days under Roy Hodgson and really ought to have made it to the FA Cup Final with Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish but Andy Carroll’s header was ruled as not having crossed over the line and Chelsea wound up winning 2-1.

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