By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are keeping close tabs on Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson ahead of a possible summer swoop, according to a report.
The Mail claim Spurs aren keen on signing a new centre-back in the next transfer window as they aim to make tweaks to their title challenging squad.
It is said that Gibson is one of those on the club’s radar and is an indication that manager Mauricio Pochettino will continue to make use of the three centre-back system that has served the team so well in recent months.
The Mail report that new Spurs’ recruitment chief Steve Hitchen has already begun work on Tottenham’s summer transfer plans.
The identification of Gibson will be a surprise to Tottenham fans as the club have the meanest backline in the Premier League, conceding just 22 goals from 30 matches in the competition this season.
Central defensive kingpins Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are in the prime of their careers, while Eric Dier has also made strides since reverting back to a deeper role this season.
Tottenham’s back-up in the position includes Kevin Wimmer and Cameron Carter-Vickers, the imposing 19-year-old who has frequently been praised by Pochettino.
Gibson, 24, was called up to the England squad during the recent international break following a fine season for Boro in which he has been a mainstay of the team and proven himself in the Premier League.
He has been mentioned in the £20million bracket and also attracted reported interest from Chelsea.
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