West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United face a summer battle for the signature of Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs, according to The Mirror.

The 27-year-old struggled to maintain a place in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI during the recently-finished term, making just 11 Premier League appearances – with three of those from the substitutes bench, after losing his place to preferred option Nacho Monreal.

The England international is now expected to be pushed even further down the pecking order for the upcoming campaign, with the Gunners preparing to officially announce the capture of Sead Kolasinac from German outfit Schalke, meaning the left-back could be allowed to leave.

Both Newcastle and West Brom could sign Gibbs at a cut price, with the former Wimbledon academy star one of several players at the Emirates Stadium with just 12 months remaining on their current deal.

Magpies boss Rafa Benitez will be looking for Premier League experience as he attempts to build on the north east side’s successful Championship-winning promotion campaign last time out and lead the Geordies to safety.

Newcastle will surely look to add Premier League experience to their ranks this summer and in Gibbs they would be signed a seasoned campaigner able to play left-back or on the wing.

Baggies manager Tony Pulis will be keen to build on the Midlanders’ mid-table finish last year, which saw them ease to safety with time to spare but struggle to push on after hitting the 40-point mark.

West Brom have an ageing back-line and a new left-back has been heavily discussed at the Hawthorns, with Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor linked with a switch to the Premier League club.

However, Gibbs would make an exciting alternative and show the Baggies fans that the club possesses ambition to improve even further despite last season’s strong showing.


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