Kieran Gibbs would solve Newcastle United’s left-back issue

Newcastle United are considering a move for West Bromwich Albion left-back Kieran Gibbs, according to theĀ Daily Mail transfer blog (August 2, 16:51).

What’s the word?

Most of the transfer news surrounding the Magpies has been centred on the lack of funds available.

For the second summer in a row, manager Rafael Benitez has been left frustrated by the limited budget.

So far, Ki-Sung yueng, Kenedy, Fabian Schar and Yoshinori Mutu have come through the welcome gates at St James’ Park, but one was a free transfer and another a loan.

According to theĀ Daily Mail transfer blog (August 2, 16:51), Gibbs is now attracting interest from the Magpies in a bid to solve their left-back issue.

Is Gibbs the answer?

At the moment, Paul Dummett is Newcastle’s only recognised left-back in the squad.

Last season, Javier Manquillo was often called upon to cover, so the need for an established player is required.

Gibbs has been at West Brom since 2017 when he signed from Arsenal, where he spent 10 years and won two FA Cups.

The 28-year-old is used to playing at the top level, and he is likely to be jumping at the chance to return to the Premier League following the Baggies’ relegation to the Championship.

Price could be a stumbling block, but if the Magpies manage to get a deal over the line, they could be securing a hugely important signing.