West Bromwich Albion are not giving up their pursuit of Ben Gibson, despite seeing three bids rejected by Middlesbrough, reports the Express and Star.
Tony Pulis is desperate to hand the defender a route back to the Premier League following Boro’s relegation, but is becoming increasingly frustrated as the Teessiders play hardball.
The latest of the three bids is reportedly around the £21m mark, a club-record fee.
Despite the eye-watering transfer-fee offered, Boro stood firm over the 24-year-old, who excelled at the Riverside Stadium during the club’s sole season back in the Premier League.
Gibson was ever present for his boyhood club, and despite helping them to 11 clean sheets across the 2016/17 campaign, he could not prevent relegation back to the Sky Bet Championship.
The defender’s future remains completely up in the air, with Boro keen to retain his service ahead of next season’s push for promotion, whilst there will be the temptation for the player to turn his back on the Teessiders and pursue a move to West Brom.
Gibson’s form last season earned him a call-up to the England senior squad, and despite not yet earning an international cap, the defender is clearly in Gareth Southgate’s long-term plans.
If Gibson has any aspirations of making the England squad for next summer’s World Cup in Russia, the likelihood is that he will have to be playing Premier League football.
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