Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Burnley agree fee with Middlesbrough for Ben Gibson

Burnley sign Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough for joint club record fee Burnley transfer news: Ben Gibson signs from Middlesbrough for £15m
Cary Erickson | 06 August, 2018, 15:32

After missing out on Alfie Mawson to Fulham, Sky Sports News suggests that Sean Dyche was prepared to meet Boro's valuation in order to get a deal over the line.

Ben Gibson has returned to Premier League football after completing his £15million switch from Middlesbrough to Burnley.

The Clarets said that the fee for Gibson equals the club record transfer paid last year for striker Chris Wood and that Gibson had signed a four-year contract.

And Boro boss Tony Pulis confirmed after the 2-2 draw at The Den: "He's going, it's agreed, it's done and we want to thank Ben, an absolutely fantastic professional".

1:20                                            Pulis refuses to rule out Gibson exit
1:20 Pulis refuses to rule out Gibson exit

Burnley had failed with two previous bids of £12m and £13m over the past 48 hours but an agreement over a fee for Gibson has now been reached. If he has an opportunity to go to the Premier League then brilliant for Ben.

Gibson would be a big miss for Middlesbrough having impressed at the Riverside Stadium both in the Championship and the top-flight, but a move for him was inevitable after they missed out on promotion last term.

"I've played for Middlesbrough for 15 years since I was a boy so it's a huge step" he added.

"I'm sure the club he's come from want to challenge to get in there, but we are now there, and it's a new start for him, someone who's been at the club for a while". After Burnley made Gibson their number one target, it was always likely the Boro vice-captain was set to leave his hometown club for Turf Moor.

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