West Brom are reportedly back in the race for Kieran Gibbs, after Arsenal previously agreed a £7m fee with Watford.
A few days ago we brought you the news that Watford had reportedly agreed a deal with Arsenal to bring Kieran Gibbs to the club. The only thing left to sort out before a move could take place was the personal terms.
However, now West Brom, who previously seemed to pull out of the deal, are apparently now back in, according to James Olley of the Evening Standard.
West Brom are also back in for Kieran Gibbs. £7m fee had been agreed with Watford but personal terms are a sticking point. Talks ongoing.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) August 29, 2017
Personal terms are reportedly still not agreed with either club, but this is promising news as the transfer deadline draws closer. Gibbs still hasn’t been utilised in a single senior game throughout pre-season and the opening competitive matches.
When asked about Koscielny’s lack of involvement in pre-season and in the Community Shield recently, Arsène Wenger responded that he wanted to give a chance to the defenders who would actually be available for selection – given Koscielny was suspended.
It wouldn’t be too far to assume that Gibbs was left out for the same reason, so it would be better for all parties to get a deal done, otherwise Arsenal will be left with a player they didn’t plan to use.