Burnley complete first summer signing in Ben Gibson on four- year deal in joint club record £15m deal

BURNLEY have completed the signing of Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson on a four-year deal.

Boss Sean Dyche has finally managed to get his first signing over the line in a frustrating transfer window for the Clarets.

Gibson, 25, becomes the club’s joint most expensive ever signing – equalling the £15million paid to Leeds for striker
Chris Wood.

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The former England Under-21 defender returns to the top fligh following Boro’s relegation two years ago.

Gibson, who is the nephew of Middlesbrough chairman Steve, had previously been linked with moves to Tottenham and Southampton.

He sacrificed a potential big-money move to help his hometown team bounce back to the Prem at the first attempt.

Unfortunately for the ex-Tranmere, Plymouth and York loanee that dream ended on Tuesday with Boro’s defeat to Aston Villa in the play-offs.

Burnley will have press ahead in a bid to land England international Joe Hart, as revealed exclusively by The Sun.

The Man City outcast headed for a medical at Turf Moor on Friday with a view to a permanent £4m deal.

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Dyche has been desperate to bring in a new goalkeeper – with both Nick Pope and Tom Heaton injured.

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