By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle are monitoring the situation between Arsenal and left-back Kieran Gibbs, according to a report.
The Mirror has claimed that the Magpies and Brighton are “watching developments” on Gibbs, who has just a year left on his contract with the Gunners, while Midlands side West Brom have also joined the chase.
It is detailed in the report that the 27-year-old could leave the Emirates Stadium this summer with the Englishman losing his place in the Arsenal first team to Nacho Monreal, while the signing of Sead Kolasinac is also expected to push him down the pecking order.
Gibbs is a product of the Arsenal academy and made his first team debut in a League Cup clash with Sheffield United in October 2007.
He has gone on to play in 229 matches for the Gunners and has also been capped 10 times at international level for England, but in the most recent campaign he played just 22 times in all competitions with only 11 of those appearances coming in the Premier League.
Newcastle meanwhile played their Championship winning season with their own youth graduate in the left-back role in Paul Dummett.
However, they may now be looking for someone with Premier League experience following their promotion to the top-flight.
Football Insider verdict:
Gibbs may not be good enough for Arsenal anymore, but he is certainly capable of playing for a lower placed Premier League club and Newcastle could do a lot worse than bring in a player who has played in 137 top-flight matches for a top four club during his career so far. Additionally, at 27 Gibbs still has age on his side and has many years left to play. Therefore, Newcastle should certainly consider making a move for Gibbs, as he is a definite improvement over Dummett.
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