Premier League side West Brom are set to make a third offer for Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, according to the Birmingham Mail.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis has been interested in signing Gibson for some time and has already seen two bids rejected by Middlesbrough. The second of these bids is believed to have been £20 million, equalling West Brom’s transfer record.
Gibson, 24, has spent his entire career with Middlesbrough, joining the club’s youth system when he was 12. He made his first-team debut in 2011 and became a regular for the club in the 2013-14 season. Since then, the defender has made 154 appearances for ‘Boro, scoring three times.
Playing Premier League football for the first time last season, Gibson was ever-present and made 41 appearances in all competitions. He could not prevent Middlesbrough’s relegation to the Championship, but last season was not all bad for Gibson.
Having played 20 times for England’s various youth teams, the defender was called up to the first-team for the first time in March. Gibson replaced the injured Chris Smalling for England’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier win over Lithuania.
Middlesbrough do not want to lose Gibson this summer, as he will be a key player for the club in their quest for an immediate return to the Premier League. Despite this, a West Brom bid of more than £20 million would be very hard to turn down.
Gibson is not West Brom’s only defensive target, however. The Baggies have been linked with a move for former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, who is also being tracked by Everton.