It looks like Ben Gibson could finally be on his way out of Burnley, with Norwich reportedly agreeing a loan deal for the defender.
The Sun‘s Alan Nixon reported that the Canaries have agreed a deal which would see them take on most of his wages, beating Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest to the punch after offering greater terms than the Championship duo.
Journalist David Smith tweeted (via @DavidSJourno) that Norwich will take the 27-year-old on a season-long loan and pay 70% of his wages, as well as a £2m loan fee to Burnley.
Gibson’s seemingly imminent move to Norwich would bring an end to an eventful transfer saga which appears to have rapidly changed direction during the week. It was only last Monday that The Northern Echo had reported that Middlesbrough had been confident of striking a deal with Burnley for the centre-back.
Indeed, a report from the same publication last month which hinted that the Canaries were in pole position on account of being able to offer a higher portion of the player’s wages than ‘Boro has seemingly proven to be rather prophetic.
The tale has appeared to swing back and forth over the last few weeks but may now finally be about to end, which would allow Burnley to offload an unwanted player whose last appearance came in August 2019 in the Clarets’ Carabao Cup defeat to Sunderland (as per TransferMarkt).
Indeed, Gibson has played just six times for the club since his joint-record £15m move from Middlesbrough two years ago and had been training with the Teessiders earlier this year, having been frozen out by Sean Dyche following an apparent fallout with staff at Turf Moor (as per The Mirror).
Even with Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and Kevin Long all sidelined for the midweek friendly against Preston, the Burnley manager turned to youngsters Jimmy Dunne and Bobby Thomas rather than extending the olive branch to Gibson, a sure sign that the ex-‘Boro man had no future with the Clarets.
Whether it’s Norwich (as now seems likely) or Middlesbrough who get him, many Burnley supporters probably won’t care so long as Gibson is given a chance to reset and reboot elsewhere, as it is doing neither him nor the Clarets any good having him redundant at Turf Moor.
Reports of a deal being agreed with the Canaries would suggest that this saga is finally nearing an end, while the apparent £2m that Burnley will bank from his move to Carrow Road is also quite welcome.
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