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Manchester United and Norwich City locked in transfer tussle for in-demand EFL talent

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Manchester United and Norwich City are reportedly interested in signing Ipswich Town youngster Liam Gibbs according to the East Anglian Daily Times.

Gibbs is out of contract with the Tractor Boys this summer, but has been offered a new deal with the League One side, although it remains to be seen as to whether Paul Cook’s side have made any progress in their efforts to keep him at Portman Road.

He has made four appearances for Ipswich’s first-team in total, after making his senior debut for the club back in November 2019, in an EFL Trophy match against Colchester United.

It appears as though his strong performances for the club’s academy teams hasn’t gone unnoticed either, with both Manchester United and local rivals Norwich City reportedly being keen on a deal to land his signature ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, which is set to get underway in August.

If Gibbs was to turn down a new contract with Ipswich Town, and then go on to sign for another club in England, then the Tractor Boys would be due compensation on any agreement in the future.

Ipswich finished ninth in the League One table this term, and Paul Cook will be hoping his side can make a serious push for promotion back into the Championship in the new league campaign.

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Ipswich will surely be fearing the worst here.

I’m surprised they haven’t tried to tie Gibbs down to a new deal earlier than in recent months, as they’re now facing a losing battle to keep him at Portman Road ahead of the new season.

The prospect of playing for a club with the stature that Manchester United have, is going to be a tempting offer for any player in world football.

Ipswich’s supporters will be keeping their fingers crossed that their side can finalise a new contract with Gibbs in the near future, as he could go on to play a part for the first team’s bid for promotion back into the Championship this term.


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