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Tottenham transfer blow as PL boss says reported 24-year-old target 'determined' to stay

By Matt Bullin

Middlesbrough caretaker boss Steve Agnew has revealed Tottenham target Ben Gibson is determined to stay at the club despite their relegation to the Championship.

This comes after Sky Sports previously reported the no-nonsense defender would leave the Riverside if they were relegated.

The Sun claimed that Tottenham were lining up a summer bid for the 24-year-old, who is valued at £25million by his club.

Liverpool and Chelsea are also reported to be interested but all three club’s chances of signing Gibson have been dealt a blow by Agnew’s comments.

As quoted by the Mirror, the Boro manager said: “[Gibson] is one of the group and is determined to stay with it and see Boro back into the Premier league.

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“I don’t think it is inevitable [that he leaves]. Ben has signed a new five-year contract during the season and he has had an amazing season. He has shown that he is a consistent Premier League league player this season.”

Gibson, whose uncle is chairman at the club, has been an ever-present figure in the Boro line-up and has featured in all 36 of their Premier League matches this campaign.

The 24-year-old also received a first senior England call-up this season, though he is yet to be capped by his Country.

Middlesbrough’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed last week when they lost 3-0 to Chelsea, but they still have two final Premier League fixtures to play out against Southampton and Liverpool.

Gibson signed his first professional deal with Boro in 2010 and has gone on to make more than 150 appearances for the club, as well as enjoying loan spells at Plymouth Argyle, Tranmere Rovers and York City. He is under contract until 2021.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the club need to be aware of this £20million transfer target’s painful condition.

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