Leeds United have reportedly joined the race to sign Burnley defender Ben Gibson this summer after a torrid time at Turf Moor, and the defender needs to pick Leeds over a move to Newcastle United.
TeamTalk claimed earlier this week that Newcastle were interested in the 26-year-old, following Steve Bruce’s appointment as Rafa Benitez’s successor last week – despite Gibson’s dismal spell at Burnley.
Following his £15million (TeamTalk) move to Lancashire from Middlesbrough last summer, Gibson managed just five appearances throughout the entire 2018-19 campaign. A multitude of injuries hampered his progress.
A move to Newcastle could be on the cards for Gibson, then, with Bruce said to be keen amid doubts over the future of both Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez. But Leeds United could rival Newcastle for Gibson’s signature.
On Tuesday morning, The Northern Echo claimed Leeds were interested in replacing the loss of Pontus Jansson with the capture of Gibson – who has been called up by England in the past, but never given a cap.
It leaves Gibson with a big decision on his hands, if indeed both Leeds and Newcastle are interested. A move to The Toon would almost certainly see him act as back-up to the likes of Schar and captain Jamaal Lascelles.
But with his career in need of getting back on track, game time is required. A move to Elland Road would see Gibson instantly become first choice alongside captain Liam Cooper, with the only other option being youngster Ben White.
Whether a deal is a loan or a permanent one, Gibson’s career has fallen flat and it needs a lifeline. A move to Leeds would provide that, whereas a Newcastle transfer would only see him remain without a heartbeat.