Exclusive: Newcastle prepare bid for Arsenal 26-year-old international
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Newcastle are targeting a summer move for Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs, Football Insider sources understand.
The north Londoners are ready to listen to offers for Gibbs this summer amid a growing likelihood that he will not be at the club next season.
The left-back has lost his first-choice status to Nacho Monreal over the last 18 months and Arsenal are ready to cash in on the 26-year-old while he can still command a high fee.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Newcastle are monitoring Gibbs’ situation and are weighing up a move if they retain their Premier League status.
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Rafael Benitez’s team are 19th in the top flight but have accumulated five points in their last three matches and are just one point behind 17th placed Sunderland, who have a game in hand on the Magpies.
As revealed by Football Insider, Gibbs could be part of the biggest overhaul of the Arsenal first-team squad for a number of years following another season that has not lived up to expectations.
The Academy graduate, who joined the Gunners at the age of 15 from Wimbledon, is contracted to Arsenal until 2018 but has not opened talks with the club about a new deal.
Given his pedigree and age, the Gunners rate the England international, who has won 10 senior caps, in the £12million bracket.
Newcastle made an enquiry about a loan move for Gibbs in the January transfer window but manager Arsene Wenger was not interested in allowing a key squad man to leave midway through the season.
In other Arsenal transfer news, veteran pair Arteta and Rosicky will end their lengthy associations with the Londoners at the end of the season after spending most of the campaign sidelined through injury.