Burnley could offer Nottingham Forest the chance to sign defender Ben Gibson as part of their attempts to sign Joe Worrall, The Sun journalist Alan Nixon has claimed.
It was reported last week that Burnley were concerned about the possibility of being priced out of a move, and it now seems as though the Premier League club have come up with one possible way around that.
According to Nixon’s latest update, the Clarets are considering the possibility of offering Gibson as part of a deal to bring Worrall to Turf Moor as they continue their pursuit of the 23-year-old, who is also being touted as a potential target to provide cover at Sheffield United.
It is also thought that Worrall will want to know what his first-team opportunities will be like before agreeing to any move, and with four years remaining on his contract at The City Ground, Forest are in a strong position to negotiate any offers that come in.
Burnley. Also trying for Joe Worrall at Forest. Would swap Ben Gibson if it worked. Worrall would want to know first team prospects. Sheff U also still keen on him for squad too.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 16, 2020
Having joined Burnley from Middlesbrough for a reported £15million in the summer of 2018, Gibson has endured a difficult time in Lancashire, making just seven appearances in all competitions for the club.
This therefore, could be a move that looks as though it would suit all parties.
If Worrall is to leave, then Forest are going to need a replacement in the centre of their defence, and Gibson is someone who can fill that role, having previously proven his ability at Championship level with Middlesbrough.
Indeed, given the frustration he has endured at Burnley, you feel Gibson himself would be open to this move in the hope of getting more first-team football, especially with a team such as Forest who will be expected to compete for promotion to the Premier League next season.