Middlesbrough have confirmed they have accepted an undisclosed bid from Aston Villa for England winger Stewart Downing.

The fee, understood to be in the region of £12million, was agreed on Wednesday, and Downing is now heading for Villa's training ground to begin talks and undergo a medical.

A statement released Boro's official website, www.mfc.co.uk - Villa's own site issued a similar confirmation - this morning said: "Boro have accepted an undisclosed bid from Aston Villa for England international Stewart Downing."

The statement continued: "The 24-year-old has travelled down to the Midlands to discuss terms on the move and take a medical."

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