Team Talk are reporting as an exclusive that Newcastle are interested in Burnley central defender Ben Gibson.
Gibson just joined Burnley in a £15m move from Middlesborough last summer. An early season Inguinal Hernia saw Gibson miss two months late last year. After his return, he was unable to get into the team and made just 5 appearances for the Clarets.
Last month, Team Talk reported that Gibson was told he could move on from Burnley this summer. They are now reporting that Steve Bruce is looking at Gibson on a loan with an option to buy deal this summer.
Ben Gibson– former Middlesborough defender
Aston Villa, Sheffield United, and Norwich have all registered interest in Gibson with Aston Villa reportedly leading the pack.
As with the link to Preston defender Ben Davies, we are not too sure we need to bring in any central defenders. It is one area of the pitch that Newcastle certainly have a lot of depth.
If tabs are being kept on Gibson in case we happen to lose one of a plethora of our centre-backs, then we suppose that would be ok.
However, we do not want to lose Fabian Schar. He has been linked to AC Milan over the past few weeks but showed yesterday against the Hammers how much he brings to the team.
If Gibson or Davies were to replace either Ciaran Clark or Federico Fernandez, that would be more palatable than if Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, or Florian Lejeune were to leave.
Both Fernandez and Clark are very good players who we would prefer to keep, however they are unlikely to get new deals.
The club may be looking to cash in on either of them to bring in some younger blood. Though, their experience may prove invaluable in what is shaping up to be a very tough season for Newcastle.