Yesterday’s Championship transfer roundup consisted of Leeds’ interest in a French defender, West Brom’s eyes on a Sporting Lisbon winger and Fulham’s completed loan move for a Premier League forward. Today’s edition is made up of the Whites’ pursuit of a top-tier 26-year-old, the Baggies closing in on a deal for a rival full-back and QPR’s short-term move for a Chelsea youngster.
Since signing for Burnley last August for a joint-record fee, things have not gone well for Ben Gibson. In the past season, he played just five games in all competitions for the Clarets, which was partly down to him missing three months through injury. The 26-year-old could be on the move this summer, and Leeds are interested in taking the former Middlesbrough centre-back to Elland Road according to The Northern Echo. Marcelo Bielsa is not the only one who would like to get his hands on the Gibson, though. Newcastle, Aston Villa, Norwich City and Sheffield are also mentioned.
So far during his tenure as West Brom boss, Slaven Bilic has brought in three new faces, with Benfica’s Filip Krovinovic being joined more recently by Kenneth Zohore and Semi Ajayi. And there may be soon be a fourth, according to The Express and Star. They are reporting that the Baggies are close to the signing of QPR’s Darrell Furlong. The Midlands outfit will pay £1.5m for the 23-year-old, with his arrival allowing Allan Nyom to complete a move to Spanish club Getafe.
With Furlong therefore expected to be leaving Loftus Road soon, a new right-back would not go amiss for the Rs. Fortunately, they may plug that hole in their defence imminently. According to The Independent, Dujon Sterling is close to completing a loan move from Chelsea to the Hoops. The 19-year-old will stay with Mark Warburton’s side for the duration of the 2019/20 campaign, where he will most likely get more opportunities than at Stamford Bridge. The Blues already have Cesar Azpilicueta, Davide Zappacosta and Reece James in his position.