According to an article in the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Liverpool have all registered an initial interest in signing £30m-rated Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bring in a central defender this summer to provide competition for Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld – or as a starter if he decides to go three at the back – and he has already been linked with a move for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling, as well as a £15m swoop for Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson.
Despite suffering relegation from the Premier League last season, Boro want £30m to prise their captain away from the Riverside which could prove to be a sticking point for any of the interested parties.
Tottenham supporters were quick to have their say on the link via social media, with some less than impressed that they are lining up a move for a “mediocre” player, while others would prefer the north London outfit to sign Mawson for a lower fee.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Mawson over Gibson for me
— Muzzy (@ahmed_muz) June 20, 2017
Meant to be building on last season and signing players of quality to progress, not been linked with mediocre players from Middlesbrough
— Cal Wallace (@CallumWallace17) June 20, 2017
— uncle khalid (@khalidirie) June 20, 2017
Nope. Get Malang Sarr
— The Spurs Discussion (@SpursDiscussion) June 20, 2017
I like Ginter or Veltman but would prefer Ben Gibson to be honest. That way we have a left-footed CB other than Davies to back up Jan. #COYS
— Aaron Pitters (@aaronpitters) June 17, 2017
Never been that impressed with him when I've seen him play
— Harry C (@HazSpur92) June 21, 2017
If he costs 30 mil, mawson is my choice
— Shubham (@SarcasticShubh) June 20, 2017