By Harvey Byrne
Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs has emerged as a target for Crystal Palace, according to a report.
The Sun has claimed that recently appointed boss Sam Allardyce is keeping a close eye on the 27-year-old with his contract set to run out in 2018.
It is stated in the report that the former England manager has identified the left-back position as one Palace are in need of filling.
However, it is reported that Gibbs was already on the south east London club’s radar before Allardyce took over the managerial role from Alan Pardew.
It is claimed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will now assess whether Gibbs is needed for a title challenge with Palace expected to make a January move.
The 10-time capped England international has played just 13 times for the Gunners this season with a return of three assists.
He started the Boxing Day clash against West Brom on Monday, but he was booked before being substituted after 71 minutes in the 1-0 victory.
It is expected that his career at the Gunners will now be nearing it’s end as his value will plummet in the coming months due to his contract situation.
Football Insider verdict:
Gibbs’ Arsenal career is looking to be coming to an unfortunate end after once emerging as a promising youngster. The full-back has given nine years quality service to the north London club, but Wenger must now improve on the position if he is serious about ending the club’s 12-year wait for a Premier League title. The full-back is no longer good enough for a club battling towards the top end of the top flight table and he must now consider his future and joining Crystal Palace if he wants more first team football.
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