Steve Bruce Linked to Loan For Clarets Defender

Newcastle United Linked with Ben Gibson Move

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has been linked with a January transfer window move for Clarets defender Ben Gibson. Reports in TeamTalk suggested that Steve Bruce will look to sign the centre back on loan in January before completing a permanent move for the defender in the summer.

Gibson arrived at Turf Moor 18 months ago for a club record £15million but has struggled to break the Ben Mee and James Tarkowski partnership at the heart of the Clarets defence, the 26-year-old has made just one Premier League start, scoring in the 5-1 defeat against Everton last year and has featured six times in total for the Clarets.

His only appearance this season came in the Carabao Cup defeat to Sunderland at Turf Moor in August. Gibson has a desire to play first team football, but he is also prepared to fight for his place at Burnley Football Club, whilst the club are highly unlikely to entertain any loan move in the January transfer window. A permanent exit at this stage also seems a long shot with Gibson still having two and a half years left on his contract at Turf Moor.

Indeed Dyche spoke in glowing terms about Gibson and Kevin Long in the build up to the weekend defeat to Leicester City, hailing their attitude as they wait for an opportunity in the first team. Gibson, who has been called up by England but is yet to play for his country, seems next in line should James Tarkowski who was heavily linked with a move to Leicester City move on over the summer.

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