Newcastle United are interested in securing a return to Tyneside for Everton Under 23s defender Lewis Gibson, according to the Daily Mail.
Gibson was an expensive purchase for the Toffees in 2017, after setting the Merseyside outfit back £6million when he quit the Magpies following the North East outfit’s decision to support former youth coach Peter Beardsley over a complaint he had lodged.
Beardsley refused to accept any wrongdoing when Gibson lodged a complaint over his conduct in 2017, with Newcastle opting to back the U23s boss.
The Toon have since fired Beardsley for gross misconduct after an investigation found he had racially abused African players, leading to a seven-month ban by the Football Association.
With Beardsley now no longer at St. James’ Park, it is suggested Gibson may be open to a return, as Newcastle are keen to bring the England youth international back to where he played 14 times for their U18s and U23s (TransferMarkt).
Gibson is said to be good friends with the Longstaff brothers, who are now both first-team members after Steve Bruce handed Matty Longstaff his senior debut in the Carabao Cup earlier this term and Premier League bow against Manchester United at the weekend, against whom he scored the only goal of the game.
Older brother Sean Longstaff was handed his first-team bow by Rafa Benitez last term, and has now amassed 19 senior outings after a knee injury deprived him of featuring in the final months of the 2018/19 campaign.
Gibson, whose contract at Everton expires in the summer of 2020, has played 30 times for the Toffees’ U23s and helped David Unsworth’s junior side lift the Premier League 2 and Premier League Cup trophies last season.
If Gibson is intent on running down his contract at Everton, it would likely be on the basis that he does not feel there is a path into the first-team on offer to him at Goodison Park under Marco Silva.
He was a part of the Portuguese’s plans this pre-season, however, and shared his enjoyment at being in the senior fold by telling EvertonTV: “I’ve been waiting a while now – since I was little I’ve just always dreamed of this and obviously now it’s come, and I’m just ready to take my opportunity.”
But Silva is yet to turn to Gibson for one of his competitive matchday squads, and you would expect that to continue with Everton set to face Premier League opposition in the Carabao Cup in Watford after wins against lower-league pair Lincoln City and Sheffield Wednesday.
The Third Round of the FA Cup may also come too late, with Everton potentially forced to accept a bid in January should one be received, in order to avoid seeing Gibson leave for free just three years on from signing him for £6m.
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