With news remaining quiet about our chase for Bournemouth centre-half and future Aston Villa legend Tyrone Mings, there has been a new claim on the summer transfer rumour mill this week and we supposedly have an interest in Burnley defender Ben Gibson.
With Steve Gibson’s recent Financial Fair Play meltdowns I’m not sure if the report linking us with the 26-year-old is just a dark piece of fantastic humour here as given his ranting so far, I can only imagine how he’d feel about his namesake being cheered on and helping us to consolidate our position in the Premier League next season as we continue to improve our FFP numbers and position.
The report states that all three promoted clubs from the Championship this season have an interest in the former England Under 21 international as after an injury hit campaign at Turf Moor, it’s believed Sean Dyche is ready to move him on as they look to balance their own books. Second tier sides Boro and Sheffield Wednesday are also credited with an interest.
Having paid £15million for him, with only five appearances across the 2018/19 campaign, they’d simply be looking to break even is my guess.
Some fans will naturally wonder whether he’s a backup option to Mings given he’s left footed, but for me, it would be Axel’s place we shore up here with depth for James Chester, and any potential Mings cover would be a last resort as I don’t see how he’s not our prime target – we just know Bournemouth will eek the deal out.
(As an aside, I wish I could publish the Steve Gibson related Tweets I’ve seen, they’ve left a smile on my face as I’m not the only one that think it would be hysterical!)
Solid CB would be a great addition alongside Mings imo, hope we snap him up especially if we can't bring Axel back
— MrVilla (@MrAstonVillan) June 23, 2019
Quality defender ????????
— Stephen O' Leary (@stephenoleary89) June 23, 2019
— Mike (@MikeVilla1985) June 24, 2019
I would go get him loan to buy
— j (@joeharris29g) June 23, 2019
Ben Gibson with Mings will be geart
— j (@joeharris29g) June 24, 2019