Transfer latest: Middlesbrough knock back TWO West Brom bids for Ben Gibson, but Premier League club set to return with improved offer

Ben Gibson is a West Brom target this summer
Ben Gibson is a West Brom target this summer

Middlesbrough have knocked back TWO substantial West Brom bids for central defender Ben Gibson.

But Tony Pulis' men look set to return to the Riverside with an improved offer, much closer to Boro's reported £25-30million valuation of the 24-year-old.

According to Sky Sports, the Baggies have seen two bids for the player, called up by England at the end of last season, thrown out by Boro.

One of those bids was reportedly in the region of £15million, with the other close to £20million.

But Boro chief Steve Gibson, the player's uncle, is said to rate his nephew much higher. And instead of offloading the player, he is set to offer a new deal in order to see off any interest from the top flight.

According to the Birmingham Mail, though, West Brom are weighing up an even more sizeable bid for Gibson and could smash their transfer record in order to land the highly-rated Boro skipper.

Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis

Gibson only signed a new five-year contract last year, where he impressed on Teesside despite the club's relegation to the Championship.

Ben Gibson in action last season, challenging Victor Anichebe, of Sunderland

Ben Gibson in action last season, challenging Victor Anichebe, of Sunderland