By Wayne Veysey

23rd Mar, 2017 | 8:11pm

Betting update: Newcastle tipped to sign PL defender after reported £20m approach

By Harry Sykes

Newcastle have been installed as one of the favourites to sign Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough this summer.

The Magpies are strongly in the running to land the young English centre-back, who has been an impressive performer in a struggling Premier League side this season.

Bet Victor have placed odds of 8/1 on Newcastle signing Gibson, 24, narrowly behind four Premier League clubs.

West Ham and Arsenal are level-pegged favourites to sign the former England Under-21 international at 4/1, ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City, who are both 6/1.

Newcastle and Manchester United are both 8/1 in the betting to sign a player who has been a mainstay of the Boro back line this season.

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The north-east club believe the young defender is destined for the top but made it clear they did not want to cash in on him during the January transfer window.

The Daily Mail reported that Chelsea have been watching Gibson this season and there has been talk of a £20million approach from the runaway Premier League leaders.

Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles have formed a solid centre-back partnership for Newcastle this season but the club are likely to be in the market for another senior player in that position if, as expected, they secure promotion.

In other Newcastle transfer news, a deal is all but done for the club to transfer an in-form attacker.

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