During the summer both Nottingham Forest and Leeds United were linked with a move for Burnley outcast Ben Gibson, according to various reports. 

The Reds had lined up a move for the £15 million (BBC Sport) defender if their move for Aberdeen enforcer Scott McKenna fell through.

In the end, the chance to sign Chema Rodriguez for a bargain £1 million (Bein Sports) ended Forest’s search for a left-sided central defender.

Leeds opted to land Ben White on loan from Brighton and that left Gibson forced to concentrate on getting himself into Sean Dyche’s team.

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That hasn’t worked out for the former Middlesbrough man, however, and he has proved a big-money flop for the Clarets. He played just once in the league last season and this campaign he is yet to play a single minute of Premier League football.

Gibson was a stalwart for Boro. He made 204 appearances for the club where he came through the academy and was touted for an England call-up at one point during his career.

Indeed, when Forest were linked with him during the summer months it was viewed by lots of fans as being a signing that would show a statement of promotion intent.

Future departure

Surely Gibson will be looking to leave Turf Moor during the January transfer window and that asks the question of whether Forest would revise their interest.


Joe Worrall’s form has seen him become Forest’s first-choice central defender, with Rodriguez and Tobias Figueiredo battling it out to partner him at the moment.

Michael Dawson and Yohan Benalouane are both currently injured and another injury might leave the Reds somewhat short at the back. It’s worth adding into the mix that both of those two are well into the twilight of their careers too.

Gibson is only 26 and there is certainly a lot more football left in the fierce left-footed performer.

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Signing him would represent a risk, however. Having not played for so long it may well take him a few months to get up to scratch. Add to the fact that Gibson is on £40,000-a-week (Spotrac), any team wanting him on loan will surely be asking Burnley to pay a considerable chunk of that.

A central defender won’t be Forest’s immediate priority in January but the signing of Gibson could certainly be one to look at during the summer, especially if Dawson and Benalouane depart at the end of their current deals.

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