Everton are weighing up a move for Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson, according to The Northern Echo.
The report claims Everton are understood to be willing to part with Mohamed Besic and Ramiro Funes Mori as part of the deal for the 25-year-old.
Everton have been proactive with the appointment of new Director of Football Marcel Brands and appointment of long-time managerial target Marco Silva, and the majority of Toffee’s supporters are excited by the dual-appointment.
According to a report by The Telegraph, Brands has targeted 18-year old Ajax defender Mathias De Ligt, as well as former Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins.
These potential additions were treated with mass excitement by Everton supporters but links with the Middlesbrough defender have not been given the same fanfare.
Whilst some fans have recognised that in his season in the Premier League he was subject to praise from Boro fans, most see it as the addition of a squad player rather than the improvement of key positions.
Here is a selection of the reactions from Everton fans on Twitter…
I don’t mind Gibson but wouldn’t we need a ball player for a 4-3-3?
— MTS (@Seedyefc88) June 22, 2018
Was highly rated when in the prem. Not heard or seen much of him since they went down though. Might be a bargain buy but I’m concerned about the level of quality as we already have potential quality in Holgate
— We Love You Everton (@you_everton) June 22, 2018
With Mori being sold, that leaves Everton with just Ashley Williams as our only left sided Center Back. – I can see us signing Ben Gibson, especailly as Boro want Besic.
— Dave_the_fish (@yanasaurus) June 21, 2018
Good luck FM! I believe we need a new left centre back.. A la Distin/Lescott.. Probably Mawson/Gibson.. both LCB, right?
— Pgee Ariffin (@pgee27) June 21, 2018
👍 Not the most mobile of CBs, but he's got a great head on his shoulders so it evens out personally.
— Neil Tyler (@NDTyler_EFC) June 13, 2018
We need pacey recovery capable CBs if we’re pressing and can’t for the life of me think of Gibson fits that ?
— Matt (@africansunset73) June 13, 2018