Date: 23rd July 2019 at 9:01am
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Leeds have joined in pursuit of Burnley defender , according to the Northern Echo.

The newspaper claims that the Clarets are willing to listen to offers for the 26-year-old centre-back, who they signed in a club-record deal from Middlesbrough last summer only for him to make just five appearances in his debut at .

It is understood that Leeds and former club would be interested in Gibson if the deal was right while promoted trio , Norwich and are also keen on him.

The Northern Echo adds that Gibson is a long-term target of Newcastle manager Steve Bruce, who tried to snap up the Englishman before he joined Burnley a year ago.

OPINION

It might be difficult for Leeds to sign Gibson. According to statistics website Spotrac, the defender earns £40,000-a-week on his deal at Turf Moor, which does not expire for another three years. Burnley paid £15million [BBC Sport] for Gibson last summer and although they might be willing to take a financial hit on the defender, they surely won’t be willing to take that much of a hit. Leeds’ business has been restricted by Financial Fair Play this summer [Phil Hay] so it’s unlikely that they would be able to offer anywhere near what Burnley want for Gibson, even though he’d be a good signing for them. Gibson is a proven defender in the Championship having made 148 appearances in England’s second-tier and winning one in the process. Although Leeds are short of options at centre-back, Newcastle have an abundance of players in that position and simply do not need the 26-year-old former Boro man.