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Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson could be on his way to West Ham United in the summer, according to the London Evening Standard.

The 24-year-old has been one of Boro’s star performers this term, despite the fact that they have struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League.

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Gibson’s displays have even led to talk of an England call-up for the internationals against Germany and Lithuania at the end of the month.

The Teessiders will be keen to recoup around £30 million if they do decide to sell the centre-back, who signed a five-year contract with the club last summer.

However, their bargaining position will be weakened should they be relegated from the top flight in May; they currently sit in 18th position, three points adrift of safety.

West Ham, meanwhile, are in need of defensive reinforcements having kept only six league clean sheets this campaign, shipping 46 goals in 27 games.

In fact, the Hammers have conceded three or more goals in seven Premier League matches and whilst they recruited Southampton captain Jose Fonte in January, at 33 he is seen as more of a short-term fix.

Gibson is a player who could slot straight into the team but who would also be a sound investment for the future, if the Irons can beat off competition for his signature from England’s elite.