Premier League side West Brom have suffered a significant blow in their pursuit of Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, reports The Express and Star.
The 24-year-old came up through the ranks at the Riverside Stadium to earn his senior debut for the club back in April 2011, in Boro’s 2-1 victory over Coventry City in the Championship.
And he has since gone from strength to strength with a further 152 appearances for the North East outfit, of which 38 came in the Premier League last term as the ever-present proved to be a rare shining light in an otherwise bleak campaign for the club, which saw them relegated back to the second tier.
And Gibson’s fine efforts in the heart of their backline have attracted much interest from top tier sides this summer, most notably West Brom who reportedly had a £21 million bid rejected over the weekend.
And recent reports further strike a blow in the Baggies’ chances as Boro chairman Steve Gibson is reportedly only looking to sell to a top-six Premier League side, which is likely to be of interest to Tottenham, who have reportedly been keeping an eye on Gibson’s situation over the summer.
And this will surely strike a significant blow in West Brom’s chances, despite their strong interest in landing the centre-back, and they now face the very real possibility of failing to sign the 24-year-old this summer, especially if Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham firm up their interest in the coming weeks.
Rejecting a £21 million bid suggests that Middlesbrough don’t necessarily need to sell Gibson this summer despite their relegation from the Premier League, and if they were to somehow keep him beyond August’s transfer deadline, new boss Garry Monk will have quite the centre-back in his squad to help them seek an immediate return to the top-flight next term.
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