Ben Gibson is a good alternative to Lascelles for Everton

Everton are looking to sign Middlesbrough defender James Gibson after giving up their pursuit of Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles, according to the Yorkshire Post.

What’s the story?

Ben Gibson has been on the books of Middlesbrough since he was 12 and has grown into a crucial part of their first-team as a reliable and commanding centre-back.

Everton’s first choice signing Lascelles turned out to be too pricey with Newcastle wanting at least £30million for the player, so they are considering Gibson as a cheaper alternative according to the Yorkshire Post.

The report says Middlesbrough could part with Gibson for a fee near the £2omillion mark.

Is he worth it?

Gibson is a mainstay at the heart of the Boro defence, notching up 50 appearances in all competitions last season.

Averaging six clearances a game and popping up with three goals and an assist in the league, Gibson is a solid choice at the back.

The 25-year-old started every game of Middelsbrough’s 2016-17 Premier League campaign and the composed defender is definitely ready to make the step up to an established top-flight club.