Norwich City transfer rumours: City ‘clear favourites’ in race to land Gibson

PUBLISHED: 18:09 03 September 2020 | UPDATED: 10:52 04 September 2020

Ben Gibson in Burnley colours - warming up before a Premier League match at Southampton Picture: PA

Ben Gibson in Burnley colours - warming up before a Premier League match at Southampton Picture: PA

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Norwich City are in pole position to sign Burnley centre-back Ben Gibson on loan, according to reports.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Carrow Road all summer, with the Canaries hoping to add the defender to their squad during this window.

Transfer guru Alan Nixon is claiming that City have become ‘clear favourites’ in the race to sign Gibson, with the club offering the best loan deal to Burnley.

Reports in recent days have linked the defender with a move to Nottingham Forest as Burnley reportedly hold interest in Joe Worrall.

The Clarets are keen to bolster their defensive options this summer and were keen on using Gibson as makeweight in any potential deal.

It is understood City are keen to sign Gibson on a loan deal with a view to a permanent should they get promoted back to the Premier League.

The Canaries are yet to agree a deal with the Premier League club for the defender - but their interest has been well-documented over the last few weeks.

Xavi Quintilla was signed from Villarreal in a similar deal to the one City wish to pursue for Gibson. City possess an option to sign the Spanish left-back should they manage to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Gibson has been training with home town club Middlesbrough since January after being ostracised from Turf Moor by Sean Dyche.

Nathan Redmond and Ben Gibson, then with Middlesbrough, in action during the 2016 Championship play-off final at Wembley  Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdNathan Redmond and Ben Gibson, then with Middlesbrough, in action during the 2016 Championship play-off final at Wembley Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Asked about his future by BBC Radio Tees earlier this month, Gibson said: “It’s probably no secret that I’ve been wanting to get out and play football and have been itching to do so since I signed for Burnley.

“I’ll just have to see what the next few weeks bring. Obviously I want to play football, that’s clear as day, but for now I just have to sit tight and see what happens.”

Burnley signed Gibson from Boro in 2018, equalling their club record at the time with a £15million deal, following Championship play-off disappointment which saw Middlesbrough miss out on an immediate return to the top flight.

His consistent form during Boro’s 2016-17 season in the Premier League had even earned him a senior England call-up but his career has stalled in Lancashire, with a hernia problem restricting him to just five appearances during his first campaign with the Clarets.

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