Ben Gibson seals £15m Burnley transfer

Burnley have signed defender Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough for a joint club record fee of £15million.

Gibson, 25, has signed a four-year deal at Turf Moor and will compete with established pairing Ben Mee and James Tarkowski for a place in the back four.

The centre-back has played one season in the Premier League and was called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate in March 2017.

A product of Boro’s academy, Gibson joined the Teessiders as a 12-year-old and made his first team debut against Coventry City in 2011.

That was the first of his 203 appearances for his hometown club, the last which came at Ipswich on the final day of last season when he made his 250th appearance of a career that also included loan spells with Plymouth, Tranmere, and York City.

He was an integral part of the record-breaking backline on which Boro built the promotion success in the 2015/16 season and was one of only three top-flight players not miss a minute in the Premier League in 2016/17.

Gibson, who played 50 times for Boro in the Championship last season, will now link up with Sean Dyche’s side ahead of their Premier League opener against Southampton on Sunday.

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