EXCLUSIVE: Boro tell Burnley how much in-demand defender will cost

Burnley have launched a bid for Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson – but their opening offer is short of Boro’s valuation of the defender, TEAMtalk can reveal.

The Clartes are looking for defensive cover and, after missing out on Alfie Mawson to Fulham, they have turned their attention to Gibson.

The one-time England squad man is set to leave his hometown club, which is owned by his uncle Steve.

We understand Burnley’s initial offer is around £12million, but Boro have told them they want £15million.

Sources close to the deal have told TEAMtalk that they expect a deal to be done for around £14million.

Everton have also been linked with a move, but the player is understood to be closer to a move to Turf Moor.

“The two club are talking and things are progressing, and it would be a surprise to see the player involved for Middlesbrough in their opening game this weekend,” the source told TEAMtalk.

Gibson was the subject of interest from Southampton earlier this summer, but it now seems a move to Burnley is imminent.