Premier League side Burnley have made a second attempt to prise Ben Gibson away from Middlesbrough, according to journalist Keith Downie.
They have had an initial £12m bid for the defender turned down, but Downie now reports that they’ve come back in with a second offer, thought to be £13m.
Several Premier League sides have been reported as watching Gibson, with £20m routinely suggested as a potential transfer fee.
It isn’t the first time Burnley have looked to prise away a Championship side’s prize assets for a cut price fee, they had bids rejected for West Brom duo Jay Rodriguez and Craig Dawson earlier this summer. They eventually ended that pursuit when it became clear the Baggies were holding firm on their own valuation of the players.
Gibson has represented England from U17 to U21 level and has now played 203 competitive matches for Boro, having joined them at the age of 12. Last season he appeared 50 times in all competitions, scoring once.
£13m is barely an improvement on their last bid, especially as £20m seems to be the market value for Gibson. It’s a cheeky offer but one that is likely to be turned down flat.
Burnley might be beginning to panic a little, they’ve been thwarted by Championship clubs this summer and as yet, they’ve not managed to sign anyone of note. Boro on the other hand have seemingly banked on Gibson moving on and the potential for a cut price deal is there, just not that cut price.