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Football League World’s Fulham fan pundit has refuted suggestions that there is a need for the Championship promotion chasers to pursue a deal for Burnley centre back Ben Gibson, with the club said to be in the running for the 27-year-old’s services.
The Cottagers recently strengthened their backline with the additions of Messrs Michael Hector and Terence Kongolo, thus bumping up their ranks in the heart of defence.
Gibson is currently out of favour under Sean Dyche at Turf Moor and for that reason the Premier League club are seemingly open to allowing the defender to depart this month in order to pick up more regular game time.
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However, with the aforementioned incomings arriving in west London, the chances of Gibson following them through the entrance door are now slim.
A move for Gibson may now seem to have been thrown on the back burner and Jones was very much in favour of his club shelving a move for the former Middlesbrough man when we caught up with him earlier this week:
“We’ve got an abundance of centre-backs with Michael Hector, Tim Ream, Alfie Mawson, Maxime Le Marchand and the newly-arrived Terence Kongolo.
“Signing another centre-back would send out completely the wrong message to the lads already at the club, doubly so for Hector and Kongolo who have only just arrived.
“I feel that Gibson must’ve been part of a long list of potential targets and clearly our interest will now fade after making recent acquisitions.”
A move for Gibson now seems highly unlikely from a Fulham perspective and the likes of Middlesbrough and Huddersfield may now move ahead in the race for the defender’s signature.
Meanwhile, Fulham will be seeking to cause an upset this weekend in the FA Cup as they travel to Premier League giants Manchester City on Sunday.