The question is more complicated than should Boro realise the £15m or so they have tied up in Downing. For a start is Tottenham a big club at which a young ambitious player could win honours? I think not, remember they sold Defoe, Keane and Berbatov and I don't think they will become a Champions League team in the foreseeable future. If Manchester Utd, Chelsea, or even Liverpool or Arsenal, Real Madrid et al were to make an offer then that would be different. Unless of course the ambitious player was just looking to boost his pay packet and not be looking for silverware. From the club's point of view, it would send out the wrong signal to let Downing, Tuncay or Mido go, they are by and large crowd pleasers and who would or could be brought in to replace them. Besides isn't Southgate building a young team of the future?