Date: 13th June 2018 at 8:00am
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Southampton are a number of bookies favourites to land Middlesbrough centre-half Ben Gibson if he decides to leave the Riverside Stadium this summer.

It’s not the first time we have been linked with the player, but the speculation hasn’t had a lot of concrete information linked to it. The latest development really comes from the Northern Echo who suggest that Everton are now interested in his services after they ‘cooled’ their interest in Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles.

Southampton are said to continue in pole position for the 25-year-old as manager Mark Hughes looks to strengthen the group and freshen things up after last season’s battle against relegation, and of course, defence is a go-to position for the club still following last January’s sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool.

Whether Gibson would be a better fit for us compared to the Alfie Mawson speculation – covered the other week – is probably for each individual fan to answer, but the ongoing rumours don’t have many fans excited about the prospect.

Gibson does have some fans amongst the Saints though, as some feel he’s exactly what we need and they’ve urged the club to make good on the speculation.

I can’t say I’m convinced from what I’ve seen of him, but I’ve never really watched closely and ultimately it’s in Hughes we trust.


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