Liverpool and Manchester City are chasing Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, according to the Mirror.
The 22-year-old, who is the nephew of chairman Steve Gibson, came through the Boro academy and is playing an integral part under head coach Aitor Karanka, who has turned the Teeside club into promotion contenders.
The England Under-21 international is a life-long Middlesbrough fan and signed a long-term deal with the club in August.
With the FA now pushing new plans for homegrown players, Premier League clubs are looking for the best English talent and Gibson’s impressive performances for Boro this season, has suggested that he is one of the country’s emerging talents.
Middlesbrough could command a fee as high as £10million for the Yorkshireman and the Mirror understands that City have joined Liverpool in the race for the defender.
Gibson, who can play at full-back or centre-back, made his debut in April 2011 and has gone on to make 63 appearances for Boro, scoring once.