Newcastle United are ready to make a move to sign long-term Steve Bruce target Ben Gibson, with Burnley willing to accept a cut-price fee for the defender, according to TEAMtalk.
Gibson moved to Turf Moor from Middlesbrough for a club-record £15million in 2018, but he has only started one Premier League game for the Clarets and has not featured outside of the Carabao Cup this season (TransferMarkt).
Gibson joined Burnley as an uncapped England international called up by Gareth Southgate for two Three Lions squads in 2017, but he has failed to disrupt Ben Mee and James Tarkowski’s partnership in Sean Dyche’s defensive plans since arriving at Turf Moor.
The 26-year-old suffered an inguinal hernia issue just weeks into his Clarets career and has not featured in the Premier League since a goalscoring performance in a 5-1 mauling at home to Everton on Boxing Day 2018.
Dyche has often left Gibson out of his matchday squads this season, as well, with the Nunthorpe-born centre-half left at home on four occasions, despite being handed the captain’s armband when Burnley were beaten 3-1 by Sunderland in the Carabao Cup this August.
Gibson still harboured desires to stay and fight for his place in Dyche’s plans this summer amid interest from Besiktas (Lancashire Live), but Burnley are at the end of their patience and are willing to accept a heavily discounted offer for their club-record signing.
Toon boss Bruce is said to have long been an admirer of Gibson and could finally connect with the defender, as Newcastle are willing to make an approach in January.
It is expected that the Magpies will offer to take Gibson on loan in the winter with a view to turning the deal permanent in the summer, although it remains to be seen if Burnley would accept such terms.
Newcastle offering Burnley a loan-to-buy deal would make a lot of sense from a United perspective, as Gibson has so rarely featured since moving to Turf Moor so his fitness levels could be questionable.
Staying injury-free during a six-month spell at St. James’ Park would then offer Burnley a chance to secure a guaranteed sum for the centre-half.
A loan-to-buy deal below the £15m he cost the Clarets may also prove very shrewd business by Newcastle, as Gibson performed admirably at Middlesbrough in the 2016/17 Premier League campaign and in the following Championship season.
The 26-year-old recorded an average of 0.8 and 0.7 successful tackles per ninety minutes respectively in each term from 1.0 attempt, according to WhoScored data, as well as 1.5 and 1.0 interceptions, 6.2 and 6.0 clearances and 1.3 and 0.9 blocks.
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