EXCLUSIVE: Watford confident of getting defender deal done

Watford are hoping to wrap up a deal for Burnley central defender Ben Gibson before the transfer window closes, TEAMtalk understands.

Burnley have already rejected one approach from The Hornets, but talks are continuing with the Clarets open to letting Gibson leave.

Burnley are understood to want Gibson’s wages paid in full and Nigel Pearson is apparently willing to cover the defender’s £40,000-a-week salary until the summer.

Gibson joined Burnley from Middlesbrough in August 2018 for £15million, but he has played just half-a-dozen games, including just one appearance in the League Cup for Sean Dyche’s side this season.

The 27-year-old came through the ranks at Middlesbrough before being loaned out to Plymouth, York City and Tranmere Rovers before finally playing in the first team for his boyhood club.



A host of Championship clubs, including his former club Middlesbrough and Celtic, have been keen on striking a loan deal – but Watford are offering the chance of a permanent deal, albeit, following an initial loan.

Watford are confident they can finalise a loan deal, with a view to a permanent move in the next 48 hours.

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