Sean Dyche has offered Middlesbrough a glimmer of hope in their pursuit of Ben Gibson.
Reports have claimed that the Teessiders are plotting a move to sign the 27-year-old on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The former Boro skipper has played just eight times for Burnley since moving to Turf Moor 18 months ago, leading to speculation about his future.
However after the Clarets rejected a loan approach from Middlesbrough, Jonathan Woodgate’s side have been forced to look elsewhere.
Dyche has maintained a fairly robust stance when quizzed on the future of the defender, but appeared open to the prospect of Gibson moving on when speaking about his future.
As quoted by Teesside Live, Dyche said: “We will wait and see.
“Like every player, history suggests that they do leave us at some point, all of them, even the ones where I said ‘no’, they leave when that figure hits a figure,” he told the Lancashire Post.
“I am not going to start so I am not going to start making big statements about people definitely being here and all that.”
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It could be an interesting seven days for Middlesbrough.
The Teessiders are determined to add a defender to their ranks as they look to overcome the plethora of injuries sustained in recent months.
There’s no doubt that Ben Gibson would be the top choice of most supporters, and given his lack of gametime for Burnley it seems like a no-brainer for all parties.
It now just seems like a case of waiting to see if the two clubs can find a middle ground to make a deal happen.