Former Toon youngster Lewis Gibson is believed to be interested in a return to Newcastle, but it’s now being reported that both Ajax and PSV are also keen to sign the 19-year-old talent.
The lifelong Newcastle fan from County Durham left us for £1m, rising to a potential £6m in 2017 to sign for Everton, in what at the time was considered a blow to the academy.
Since then, reports have emerged from various camps that Gibson’s treatment by former U23 coach Peter Beardsley was a factor in his decision to swap Tyneside for Merseyside. Beardsley was relieved of his duties and suspended in January 2018, and has since been found guilty of racist comments and bullying, in a very unpleasant and drawn out saga that hasn’t reflected well on the club.
Gibson’s contract at Everton expires at the end of this season, and the defender hasn’t been given the chances at first-team level he hoped for at Goodison Park, paving the way for a potential return to St James’ Park.
He is also believed to have been buoyed by seeing former academy team mates Sean and Matty Longstaff break into the senior squad in recent months.
We’ll surely be in poll position to resign Gibson from an emotional point of view, but from a football perspective, Dutch giants Ajax and PSV could appeal. Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are also in the mix according to the Shields Gazette.
Any potential deal no doubt come down to our ability to agree a package with Everton….and that’s always the issue and Charnley and Ashley, who are not known for resolving problems or signing players quickly and decisively.