The Sun is reporting that Arsenal may allow 26 year-old England International defender Kieran Gibbs to go out on loan through the end of the season and Newcastle are one of the clubs said to be interested in the 26 year-old.
Kieran Gibbs – available for loan deal
Newcastle’s defense is a weakness and it has been for a few years now and we have surprised the club have not tried to bring in some defenders in this transfer window.
But it’s never been easy to work out just what the recruitment team are doing – it never seems too logical – and poor recruitment is one reason we find ourselves struggling once again with potential relegation from the Premier League.
Gibbs is an experienced player and has 201 total appearances for Arsenal including 123 in the Premier League, so he could really do a job for us in the remaining 15 games of the season.
Crystal Palace and Swansea are said to be the other two clubs interested in the player.
If we can get Gibbs in on loan it would be the third Englishman we have signed this month with Premier League experience, which means they can immediately do a job for Newcastle – exactly what we need.
Gibbs has lost his first team place at the Emirates to impressive 29 year-old Spanish International Nacho Monreal this season and he will be keen to play regularly to try to get into Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the Euro 2016 finals in June.
Left back is a weakness in the back four and if we remain a Premier League side at the end of the season it’s likely we will bring in a top left back this summer.
21 year-old Dutch International Jetro Willems from PSV is a likely target and it could help that he is a former team-mate and very good friends with Newcastle’s Gini Wijnaldum.
Kieran Gibbs has played 10 times for England and 15 times for the England U21 side.