Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis: Ben Gibson will join Burnley this weekend

Speaking after Middlesbrough’s 2-2 draw with Millwall today, Tony Pulis has confirmed that Ben Gibson has agreed to join Burnley and he expects the deal to be sorted over the weekend.

The fee Burnley are paying for Gibson is believed to be around £15 million.

‘He’s going, it’s agreed’

Speaking earlier today Pulis stated,

“He’s going, it’s agreed, it’s done and we want to thank Ben, an absolutely fantastic professional.

“In the six months I’ve had at this football club he’s as good a professional as I’ve ever worked with and I spoke to Sean Dyche and Dychey’s got a real, top, top player.

 “I think it’ll go through over the weekend, I think it’s all done, I think everybody has agreed it and it’s just a case of him doing his medical and then that will be it.”

Boro went 2-0 down inside the first 45 minutes vs Millwall thanks to some very poor defending which lead to goals from Aiden O’Brien and Lee Gregory.

However, Pulis’s men fought back and 87th and 96th-minute goals from Martin Braithwaite and George Friend meant Boro came away with a point, even if it wasn’t fully deserved.

Ben Gibson

‘We came out fighting’

One of Boro’s goal scorers today, George Friend, has also had his say on Middlesbrough’s opening day clash.

“It’s a good start in terms of, it’s a hard place to come and get any points.

“You look what they did last season, and they were turning teams over. They did that to us last year and we couldn’t come back.

“I think that shows the strength we’ve got this season.

“It was a bad first half but we came out fighting. We said, as soon as we get that first goal we knew we could build on it. 

“I thought the subs did well when they came on, they gave us some energy.

“We got on top of them and obviously I was pleased to get that goal at the end.

“It would be nice to come and get a win, but it’s something to build on definitely and get us underway.”

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