Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries and Middlesbrough interested in Burnley defender
PUBLISHED: 12:09 09 August 2020 | UPDATED: 17:29 09 August 2020
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Norwich City reportedly hold an interest in signing out-of-favour Burnley defender Ben Gibson on loan.
The Sun’s transfer guru Alan Nixon is reporting that the Canaries are keen to bolster their defensive options with the addition of the 27-year-old but face competition from Championship rivals Middlesbrough for his services.
Gibson joined Burnley for a club-record fee believed to be around £15million but has made just six appearances for the Clarets since his arrival with his only outing this term coming in the 3-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Sunderland in August.
Burnley are willing to cut their losses on the fee they spent on Gibson, according to reports last month.
The defender is the nephew of Boro owner Steve Gibson and has been training with the North East club in recent months in order to retain his fitness ahead of a move away from Turf Moor this summer.
Whether Neil Warnock’s side would be able to afford his wages remains to be seen – but Gibson is highly-regarded at the Riverside Stadium and reports earlier this season suggested he would be open to a return to Teesside. Boro have already added a central defender to their ranks with the signing of former QPR centre-back Grant Hall. Gibson has previously been linked with moves to the United States and Watford after struggling to nail down a starting berth under Sean Dyche in Lancashire.
Daniel Farke stated his desire to see City inject some Championship experience into their side and with Gibson having featured 185 times for Middlesbrough, he certainly fits the bill.
Gibson played in Boro’s 2-0 play-off final defeat to the Canaries at Wembley in 2015 and was even called up to the England squad in 2017 for an international friendly with France and World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Lithuania.
“His situation hasn’t changed really,” Clarets boss Dyche told the Lancashire Telegraph earlier this season. “The only thing that has changed is the Covid situation which means it has been pushed back.
“We were always going to re-evaluate in the summer so we will re-evaluate at the end of the season.”