There was heavy speculation over the summer regarding the future of Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, given that he was a rare bright spark in an otherwise dismal Premier League campaign for the North East outfit.
Nonetheless, the 24-year-old remained at the Riverside Stadium and has since started all 12 of their Championship matches, yet with the future of Virgil van Dijk far from certain, Southampton may seek to reignite their interest in the Englishman in January.
Were van Dijk to leave, Pellegrino would be slightly short of options at centre-back, yet given Gibson’s endeavours last term for Boro, as well as his undoubted potential, a move to St Mary’s could be in the offing for the defender come the New Year.
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