Newcastle United have been regularly linked with Ben Gibson in the past.
As a young defender making his name on NUFC’s doorstep at Middlesbrough, there were any number of reports of Newcastle interest.
The nephew of Boro owner Steve Gibson can play at left-back as well as centre-back, so you could understand why Newcastle might have been interested.
The reports reached a peak in 2017 as Middlesbrough were relegated and Newcastle promoted but a £20m price tag meant Rafa Benitez had no chance, even if he was genuinely interested. Mike Ashley refusing to properly back his manager in the transfer market with minimal investment for the step up to the Premier League.
However, nobody else bit either at £20m and Ben Gibson spent another season at the Riverside. Impressing once again, the defender made 47 league appearances as Middlesbrough ended up losing in the play-offs, though no team outside the top four conceded less than Middlesbrough.
Finally the Premier League did come calling but whilst Rafa was forced to make a £20m+ profit on transfers in and out in summer 2018, it was Burnley who paid a club record £15m for Ben Gibson.
However, Burnley’s strength is at the back and Gibson has found himself a permanent fixture on the bench these past 14 months. Making only one start and one very brief appearance from the bench.
They say that Burnley are ready to take a big loss on the £15m they paid and Newcastle are said to want to take Ben Gibson on loan in January with a view to a permanent deal next summer.
Centre of defence is the only position where Newcastle have any strength in depth but I suppose Gibson’s versatility could be as asset.
It has already been reported that there will be little money to spend in January and Newcastle do still have two spots remaining for Premier League loan signings. However, you can only imagine NUFC signing defenders in January if one or more were to be sold in this next transfer window.