Wage demands could end Middlesbrough interest in Burnley defender

Wage demands could end Middlesbrough interest in Burnley defender

Middlesbrough's move for Burnley defender Ben Gibson is unlikely to occur due to his wage demands.

Gibson has been linked with a move to Boro in recent weeks with the defender reportedly keen on first team football.

The 27-year-old has failed to break into the first team at Turf Moor since making a big money move from Boro in 2018.

It is understood that Gibson could favour a move back to the Riverside Stadium as he seeks playing time.

However, Northern Echo claims in a recent report that although Boro would welcome a return for the defender, his wages could prove problematic in securing a deal.

The interest of Watford could also impact the deal, as the Premier League outfit can afford his wages.

Boro are thought to have set their sights on alternative targets with Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic the latest to be linked to the club.

The Mail reports that a deal has been put in place for the defender, who last season starred for Scottish outfit Celtic.

Time is running out for Boro who have just three days left to bring in defensive reinforcements.

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