Middlesbrough have agreed a £15m fee with Burnley for key defender Ben Gibson.
The local lad, who has come through Boro’s academy, was subject to a £12m bid earlier in the week from the Clarets, however, the Teesside club rejected that offer.
That didn’t stop Burnley though, who resumed talks for the player but then saw a bid of £13m also turned down by the Championship side.
But, Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie has revealed that the two clubs have agreed a fee of £15m for the centre-back.
BREAKING: Burnley have agreed a fee of £15m with Middlesbrough for Ben Gibson. The Clarets had failed with two previous bids of £12m & £13m over the past 48 hours.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 3, 2018
This will be a blow for Boro, although few will begrudge Gibson a move.
The 25-year-old stayed loyal to the club 12 months ago following relegation when he was chased by several top-flight clubs.
It will also provide Tony Pulis with the chance to reinvest in the final six days of the window, which promise to be a very busy time for the club.
Burnley will look to conclude a deal over the weekend to ensure Gibson can link up with his new teammates ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie against Istanbul Basaksehir.
This is a good move for Gibson and it seems a fair price for someone who has proven himself to be a very capable defender over the years.
He will be sad to leave Boro given how he feels for the club but it’s the right move for his career.
And, if the money is spent wisely then Boro should be able to bring in a few very good players to improve the squad as a whole.
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