English defenders in demand

Three of England’s brightest prospects are set to be on the move this summer in the shape of Ben Gibson, Harry Maguire and Michael Keane.

Keane has just broke into the England squad and won his first two caps under Gareth Southgate in the most recent games with Germany and Lithuania, whilst Gibson was also handed a maiden call-up.

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I understand Maguire was also under consideration from Southgate, and all three look to have international futures ahead of them, as well as major transfers.

Former Manchester United defender Keane has really come to prominence in recent seasons following his move to Burnley  and The Clarets have a huge job on their hands to keep hold of the 24-year-old.

Everton have moved into pole position for Keane in recent moves and are expected to try and push through a deal worth over £20million – although his old club United, could yet do a Paul Pogba and make a move for their former man.

Chelsea had been leading the chase for Keane, but I understand they have since turned their attentions to Gibson – as they prefer the left-footed Teessider.

Gibson, 24, would also cost in excess of £20million – but he would only leave Middlesbrough if they are relegated, which looks likely at this stage.

I understand that Manchester City are also keeping close tabs on Keane and Gibson, whilst Tottenham are also keen on the pair.

Spurs, who are looking to replace Kevin Wimmer in their squad, and are also on the trail of Harry Maguire, again 24 – who has been watched closely by West Ham and West Brom in recent weeks.

Hull defender Maguire, like Gibson, will leave this summer if his side – as expected – both lose their battle to stay in the league.

We spoke to Ladbrokes, who list a market for each of the three English stoppers.

“John Stones could be something of a trendsetter as far as English centre-halves are concerned. His move to Man City last summer looks set to be the catalyst for even more defensive deals when the transfer window opens again,” Alex Apati of Ladbrokes told TheGamblingTimes.com.

Ben Gibson Next Permanent Club
Chelsea 7/4
Man City 3/1
Arsenal 9/2
Newcastle 7/1
Tottenham 9/1
Man United 10/1
Everton 12/1

Michael Keane Next Permanent Club:
Man United 2/1
Chelsea 3/1
Man City 5/1
Arsenal 7/1
Liverpool 9/1
Newcastle 12/1
Tottenham 16/1
Everton 20/1

Harry Maguire Next Permanent Club:
West Ham 7/4
Southampton 5/2
Everton 6/1
Liverpool 7/1
Newcastle 9/1
West Brom 12/1

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