Every single day of last week, this week and next week has, is and will continue to bring about more and more official announcements from Premier League clubs regarding incoming and outgoing player transfers.
Thursday was no different, as Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United pulled the trigger and sold one prized recruit each to clubs some distance below them in the English football pyramid.
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West Ham sold attacking midfielder Stewart Downing to Championship side Middlesbrough, where the 30-year-old will reunite with his hometown club and help the club for which he made 181 appearances from 2001 to 2009 win promotion back up to the Premier League, where they last were during the 2008-09 season. Downing’s move is reported to have cost Boro $8.5 million, but could rise to nearly $11 million upon promotion.
Elsewhere, Tottenham have sold French defender Younes Kaboul to Sunderland for an undisclosed transfer fee. Kaboul, who joined Spurs for a pair of stints in 2007 and 2010, made 110 appearances for the club but chronic knee injuries have robbed the 29-year-old behemoth of much of the last three Premier League seasons. Kaboul joins Sebastian Coates and Adam Matthews as Sunderland’s defensive recruits this summer.