According to a report from Sky Sports correspondent Keith Downie this afternoon, Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion have been rebuffed by Middlesbrough in their attempts to sign defender Ben Gibson.
Gibson, a 24-year-old former English youth international, was a standout performer at the heart of Boro’s defence last season, forming a stellar partnership with on-loan Arsenal man Calum Chambers.
Despite a generally solid backline, however, the Yorkshire-based outfit’s lack of firepower in attacking areas saw the club eventually relegated to the Championship after finishing in 19th place in the Premier League table.
Gibson has since been at the heart of a number of transfer rumours, with a multitude of clubs eager to bring the Boro youth product back to the English top tier with immediate effect.
The likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been linked with moves for the stopper, though it is Tony Pulis’ West Brom who have reportedly seen a pair of offers knocked back by Garry Monk’s side:
West Brom have had two offers turned down by Middlesbrough for Ben Gibson. We understand the first of those to be in the region of £12m.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 25, 2017
Despite heavy interest in Gibson from the Premier League, Middlesbrough have repeatedly insisted that they will not part ways with any of their key players this summer, as the club aim to secure an immediate return to the pinnacle of English football.