Middlesbrough chief executive Keith Lamb has hit out at Tottenham and labelled their bid for Stewart Downing "derisory".
Spurs have been linked with a move for the England winger for some time and appear keen to step up their interest this month.
But Lamb told the News of the World: "It is a derisory offer."
He added: "Who on earth do they think they are? They bleated away when Dimitar Berbatov left for Manchester United in the summer - but they sold at top dollar.
"Then they want to snatch other players for derisory offers and try to unsettle players. That is what has happened here. Their offer is a joke.
"Why would we sell our best players to our nearest rivals? Stewart is going nowhere."
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