According to the Northern Echo, Everton have shortlisted Burnley target Ben Gibson as a potential replacement for the departed Ashley Williams.
The report states that Burnley have recently had a bid of £11 million rejected by Middlesbrough for the centre-back, and now they aren’t the only top flight side with interest in the 25-year-old.
Following the completion of Ashley Williams’ loan switch to Stoke City, Everton are now in the market for a defender. Gibson would be a great signing for the Toffees and would slot into their back line nicely.
Burnley should now do all they can to ensure that Gibson doesn’t wind up plying his trade at Goodison Park this season by going all out to bring him to Turf Moor instead.
Last night, Burnley went one step closer to the Europa League group stage by overcoming a dogged Aberdeen outfit in extra time.
With a schedule inflated by significant European involvement potentially on the horizon, the Clarets have to do all they can this summer to ensure that they have a squad capable of withstanding the rigours that such a gruelling campaign would entail.
Sean Dyche already has a well settled centre-back pairing of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski in place, but his squad is lacking depth in that area of the pitch.
The arrival of Gibson would bolster the numbers at Dyche’s disposal and also provide some quality competition to the current first choice options.
Transfermarkt value Gibson at £9 million. Whilst funds are likely to be limited at Turf Moor, Dyche would do well to ward off any Everton interest and land his man this summer.