Burnley FC have completed the signing of defender Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough. 

Gibson has agreed to a 4-year-contract with the club after Burnley paid a joint club record fee of £15 million for the centre-back – matching Chris Wood‘s transfer fee from last season. The deal sees the defender return to the Premier League after playing the 2016/17 season in the top-flight with Middlesbrough

Speaking about Gibson, Manager Sean Dyche said: “Ben [Gibson] is a very competitive player and he will continually push the players. I think he is high quality and he is up for the challenge of competing for the shirt. I spoke to him and he’s very straight and very demanding. 

“He’s captain-type, and has captained his last club, so he has a really strong mentality and I think he knows he is going to have to earn the right, as everyone does here.”

Ben Gibson – nephew of Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson – came through the youth academy at the Riverside Stadium and made his senior debut as a substitute in a Championship fixture in 2011. He then spent the subsequent season out on loan with Plymouth Argyle and York City to obtain the first-team experience in League Two and the National League, helping York win promotion to the Football League and win the FA Trophy at Wembley. 

Gibson then joined Tranmere Rovers on loan for the 2012/13 campaign, playing 28 League One games before returning to Middlesbrough to feature in their final Championship game of the season. The 2013/14 season was the season where Gibson established himself as a first-team player with Boro before he helped his hometown club reach the Championship play-off final the next season. It proved only a one-season stay for the club but Gibson showed his Premier League credentials as one of the club’s top performers to earn a first call-up to the senior England squad for a World Cup qualifier in 2017.

Now the English defender is set to partner James Tarkowski and Ben Mee in the promising Burnley side in the Premier League.

Gibson said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s a big step for me. I’ve played for Middlesbrough for 15 years since I was a boy so it’s a huge step and one I’m really, really excited about.

“Let’s hope this is a real, real good chapter in Burnley’s history and this is just the start of things to come.”

Gibson becomes Sean Dyche’s first signing of this summer window.

Burnley will face Southampton in their first Premier League game of the campaign on Sunday.

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