Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson has been the subject of plenty of transfer speculation in recent weeks. According to The Liverpool Echo, Everton are the latest side showing an interest.

Gibson was linked with a move to Southampton just a couple of weeks ago, and it was reported a £20 million offer was set to be launched.

But, just one year after Everton signed Michael Keane for £25 million, they look set to dip back into the market for another centre-half. Since signing, Keane and Ashley Williams have failed to impress, and it looks like Gibson could deputise.

Gibson is Boro’s vice-captain and it not likely they will let him go for cheap. Middlesbrough have reportedly set an asking price of £25 million for the home-grown defender. The Toffees will also more than likely be looking to reshape their squad, with the imminent arrival of a new manager after Sam Allardyce’s departure.

Their most likely appointment is Marco Silva, who will be looking to ship out the deadwood from the club. Ramiro Funes Mori looks set to leave the club, and Gibson would be a welcome replacement.

Gibson had plenty of suitors as Middlesbrough got relegated from the Premier League in 2017. But he stayed with his boyhood club to fight for promotion. However, the season ended in a Play Off semi-final defeat to Aston Villa.

A move up to the Premier League this summer could help his chances of making the England team in the future. He was called up to the England squad last year for their World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley.

Gibson was drafted in following an injury to Chris Smalling, but failed to get any playing time for the Three Lions.

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