Burnley defender Ben Gibson reiterates his desire to leave Turf Moor

Defender Ben Gibson has revealed that he is itching to get back to playing regular first team football and is hoping that a new opportunity materialises during the transfer window.

Ben Gibson of Burnley looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Burnley FC at St. James Park on February 26, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Ben Gibson of Burnley looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Burnley FC at St. James Park on February 26, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The out-of-favour Burnley centre back has openly aired his intent to leave Turf Moor and is now sitting patiently amid strong interest from Championship duo Norwich City and former employers Middlesbrough.

The 27-year-old joint-record signing has been working at Boro's Rockliffe Park since February after Watford - since relegated from the Premier League - had a number of loan offers rebuffed at the start of the year.

The ex-England Under 21 international has made just six appearances for the Clarets, the last of which was a 3-1 home defeat to Sunderland in the League Cup almost 12 months ago.

Asked about his future by BBC Radio Tees earlier this week, Gibson said: “It’s probably no secret that I’ve been wanting to get out and play football and have been itching to do so since I signed for Burnley.

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“I’ll just have to see what the next few weeks bring. Obviously I want to play football, that’s clear as day, but for now I just have to sit tight and see what happens.”