Newcastle United are in the hunt to re-sign Lewis Gibson from Everton once his contract expires at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper claims that Gibson, 19, could be tempted in a return to St James’ Park now that Peter Beardsley has left as when the defender left Tyneside for £6million in 2017, he made a complaint about the now-former Magpies Under-23s manager.
Beardsley was sacked by Newcastle for gross misconduct earlier this year and it is understood that he was found to be racially abusing African players.
Gibson’s return to the North-East is now on the cards and the Daily Mail also adds that the young defender is friend with brothers Sean and Matty Longstaff, who starred in the 1-0 win against Manchester United on Sunday.
Everton have hardly justified their decision to splash £6million on Gibson when they signed him a couple of years ago because the 19-year-old is yet to play a single first-team match for them. It was a lot of money that the Toffees paid and one would assume that the plan on Merseyside was to slowly bring the defender into the senior squad. However that has not happened and Gibson has not even had a sniff of the first-team bench at Goodison Park. Their loss could be Newcastle’s gain though. They made £6million from cashing in on a youngster and now could be able to re-sign him on a free transfer next year. Basically, the Magpies could have made £6million for nothing. Gibson may be a bit short of Premier League quality and he could definitely do with a loan spell at a Championship or League One club before he is considered for first-team duty at St James’ Park. It will be interesting to see how this story develops over the rest of the season.