Leicester Join Already Packed Premier League Race to Sign £30m-Rated Middlesbrough Defender

Tom Power

​Leicester City have joined the already packed Premier League hunt to sign Middlesbrough star Ben Gibson, according to the ​Daily Mirror.

Gibson is high on the list of possible targets for a number of top flight sides, and the reigning champions are the latest would-be suitors to join the chasing pack in an attempt to prise him away from Teeside.

Boro, who look set to drop out of the Premier League after just one season back in the spotlight, would still be likely to hold out for a hefty fee for their young star however, with an asking price of £30m believed to have been touted by the club in recent times.

Middlesbrough v Burnley - Premier League
Middlesbrough v Burnley - Premier League

Leicester are keen on adding young blood to an ageing backline at the King Power stadium, with captain Wes Morgan and Roberth Huth entering their mid 30s. The Foxes, however, face a major fight to land the centre-back in the summer if they are to be successful in their pursuit, with a whole manner of other reputable sides wanting to lure Gibson from the Riverside Stadium.

League leaders Chelsea, as well as Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Everton, have all been linked with moves for the 24-year-old since the turn of the year and, should a tussle ensue, Boro would definitely be the beneficiaries if Gibson's asking price is driven up through the roof.

Blues boss Antonio Conte, Toffees gaffer Ronald Koeman and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino all want to add depth to their own defensive ranks, while Reds boss Jurgen Klopp could move for Gibson to help find a solution to the regularity with which his defence has shipped goals this season.

Gibson's stock has risen considerably this season despite Boro's notable struggles to avoid relegation. The defender's personal displays have helped his side become known for their steeliness in defence, with only six top flight clubs conceding less goals than Middlesbrough this term. It is in attack, though, that Boro has clearly struggled and their profligacy in front of goal will no doubt cost them a place in the Premier League for the 2017/18 campaign.

Gibson's performances for both Aitor Karanka and Steve Agnew earned him a first senior England international call-up for the matches against Germany and Lithuania in March, although he did not make it onto the field of play.

Gibson has appeared 146 times for Boro since he made his senior bow back in April 2011.

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