A major update has emerged about Ipswich midfielder Liam Gibbs, one regarding both Norwich City and Manchester United.
According to the East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich’s local rivals Norwich are interested in snapping up academy midfielder Liam Gibbs from the Tractor Boys. Gibbs is out of contract at the end of the month and Ipswich are now fighting to keep hold of the talented teenager.
The report claims that Premier League sides Norwich and Man United are both looking at Gibbs and monitoring his situation in case he becomes available.
If either side signs Gibbs upon the expiry of his contract, they would need to pay a compensation fee to Ipswich as he is still under-21.
“Obviously when I was working at the club you don’t like to talk up individuals but now I’m not there I can say that you’ve got Tommy Smith coming through at left-back, I’d even go out on a limb and say he’s got a good chance of making his debut before the season finishes at some stage. I’ve never seen the guy have a bad game. I think really highly of him.
“First-year Liam Gibbs has come in, he’s a very exciting player. He’s got a massive future as well, so they’re the two players I’d say to watch out for.”
Ipswich CEO Mark Ashton must avoid a major disaster with Gibbs this summer. The EADT claim that he is highly-rated at Ipswich and this suggests that it could be a huge blow if they lose him at the end of the month. Ipswich could be about to watch a talented young player depart without receiving a transfer fee, with a compensation fee impossible to predict at this time, which would be a disaster for the club as he could be a great player for the future.
Dyer said that Gibbs has a massive future ahead of him and Ipswich will surely want that to be at Portman Road. He made his League One debut at the age of 18 last season, showing that the club has faith in him to perform at senior level despite his inexperience.
Therefore, he could play a bigger role in the first-team next season if he decides to stay with Paul Cook’s side instead of departing at the end of his deal.
The obvious reason as to why this would be a disaster for Ipswich is the interest from Norwich. If Ipswich lose one of their most talented academy products, as shown by his League One debut, to their bitter rivals Norwich, it would be very frustrating for the club’s supporters.
Ipswich fans will not want to see one of their own playing in yellow at Carrow Road and Ashton must work hard to ensure that Gibbs stays at Portman Road and does not join Norwich. He’s got a couple of weeks to convince the player that he should stay, time will tell if he’s able to do so.