Southampton to Battle with Everton over Middlesbrough Defender

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According to Yorkshire Post, Premier League contenders, Southampton and Everton are going head to head in the bid to sign Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson.

Following their failure to climb back to the English Top Flight last season following the defeat to rivals Aston Villa during the Playoff finals.

The reports are currently stating that the Boros will be willing to let their Nunthorpe-born defender out of the Riverside Stadium and will cash on him this summer.

Middlesbrough boss, Tony Pulis has slapped an asking price of £25 million on the defender as the manager is looking to get his club prepared for the summer.

Gibson has been very prolific for the Boros, since his breaking into the first team of football back in 2013 after a loan spell with Tranmere Rovers, and also helping his club to earn a promotion to the Premier League in his third season as a regular.

Gibson has appeared 203 times for his boyhood club and bagging four goals in the process, playing every single game for Boro while at the English Top Flight during the 2016/17 campaign.

The 25-year-old defender has only been able to appear for his country England in youth levels and just once for the Three Lions, coming on as a substitute for Chris Smalling during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers match against Lithuania.

However, with Everton and Southampton interested in signing the defender, which could ultimately open up his chance in the England national team.

According to the Sun, the Saints are said to be tabling a bid of £20 million for Ben Gibson, who could fill up the space left by former player Virgil Van Dijk, on the other hand you can check out the Premier League odds for the summer.

The Boros will be keen to hold down their English defender in a contract extension as they will be keen to return to the English Top Flight in a second season at the Championship.

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