Versatile Gibson could make step up to West Ham United

West Ham United are pondering a swoop for Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson at the end of the season, according to the London Evening Standard.

What’s the story?

Gibson penned a new five-year contract at the Riverside Stadium just seven months ago, but it has been suggested that the 24-year-old will consider moving on if Boro get relegated from the Premier League.

The Evening Standard reports that the Hammers are keeping an eye on the former England Under-21 international, but they could face some competition.

The publication adds that Arsenal are also a potential suitor, but due to Arsene Wenger’s future still being up in the air, the Gunners’ transfer plans have not yet been ironed out.

What would Gibson bring to West Ham?

The fact that he can play at centre-back and left-back is an attractive quality to have in a young defender.

As well as his versatility, Gibson is capable of coping at Premier League level having started all 27 of Boro’s top-flight fixtures this season.

Gibson would be a good addition to Slaven Bilic’s squad, but from his point of view, he may struggle to cement a regular starting spot.

Jose Fonte and Winston Reid currently occupy the two centre-back roles and Bilic is unlikely to break up this pairing to accommodate Gibson.

The Boro man would have to ask himself if he is prepared to fight for his place in order to make the step up.