West Ham are the latest club to be linked with a summer move for Middlesbrough’s highly-rated defender Ben Gibson.
The 24-year-old has been a shining light in an otherwise disappointing first season back in the Premier League for Boro, who sit in the relegation zone after winning just four games to date.
The Teessiders have taken only 22 points from 27 games and are three points from safety, with just 11 games to save themselves from an immediate return to the Championship.
Scoring goals has been the problem for the Riverside club, with the Boro rearguard holding their own for the majority of the campaign and Gibson the standout player.
A number of top Premier League clubs, including Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, have been linked but now it appears as though the Hammers have thrown their hat into the ring.
A fee of around £30m has been suggested for the Nunthorpe-born stopper, who could well be on his way if the North East outfit do slip back into the second tier of English football.